February 13–19, 2011 is Children of Alcoholics Week. This week is designated to raise awareness of the adverse effects of parental alcoholism and drug addiction on children, to celebrate the recovery of those who have overcome childhood pains and losses due to a parent’s addiction, and to offer hope to those still affected.
According to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), an estimated 17 million children in the U.S. are affected by parents with alcohol or drug use disorders.
In a Nickelodeon program that premiered in November, five children affected by parental alcoholism share their stories. To watch this special “Nick News with Linda Ellerbe,” please click here.
For additonal information and resources, please visit the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.