CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS WEEK
The National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) designates the week in February that includes Valentine’s Day as Children of Alcoholics Week. It is to highlight the needs and problems of children of alcoholic parents, regardless of their age.
The two-fold purpose to the awareness week is to raise awareness of how children of alcoholics (COAs) are affected by the drinking problems of their parents and to provide support for the children because they are often the ones hurt most by the abuse of alcohol or another addictive substance.
One support organization is Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc., generally known simply as Adult Children of Alcoholics, (ACA). This organization is an anonymous 12-Step, 12-Tradition program for men and women who grew up in families with an alcoholic parent or homes that were dysfunctional in other ways.
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It appears the first designated week began in England after 1991 and then came to the United States. Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon first addressed the issue of children of alcoholics in 1955. In 1979, Al-Anon and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism focused on children of alcoholics. The Children of Alcoholics went public in 1986.
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