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Acknowledging National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

Acknowledging National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

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Author: Justin Mckibben

Estimates show that in America roughly 10% of the population is addicted to alcohol or drugs. At first you might think 10% doesn’t sound like a lot. How does 33 million people sound? And if overdose and death rates have taught us anything, it’s that this problem is a serious and lethal one. But not only do we see the pain and turmoil of those who struggle, but we have to see what the families go through. The individual suffers deeply, but we cannot forget the children of alcoholics.

These numbers show that millions of parents, spouses and children are destructively impacted as they live with a person suffering from addiction.

National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week started on February 12th and went to the 18th. This observation is to help spread public awareness about the impact of alcohol and drugs on children and families. While the official week of observation has ended, we encourage people to take the chance this month to continue the conversation. We don’t just acknowledge the issue for 7 days a year, right?

The Truth about Children of Alcoholics

Alcoholism is a chronic disease with a far-reaching impact.

  • In America, experts estimate 6.6 million children under 18 live with at least one alcoholic parent
  • One in four children in the U.S. are witness to alcoholism or addiction to drugs regularly

According to The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), children of alcoholics experience many hardships that have a profound impact on their futures. Children of alcoholics typically:

  • Have poorer language skills
  • Have more absences from school
  • Are more at risk for mental health disorders
  • Higher risk of physical health issues
  • Are at a significantly higher risk of becoming alcoholics themselves when they grow up

How to Help Children of Alcoholics

Most people have the knee-jerk reaction to insist a child should be removed from a detrimental environment. To many it makes sense that if the child is put in danger, they should be taken from their home to be kept safe. If we can’t always help the alcoholics, at least the children of alcoholics should be protected, right? The idea is the children of alcoholics can then have a stable environment while the parent gets treatment.

However, others would argue against such an approach, saying it not only breaks up the family unit, but it could also create a more instability. Removing the children of alcoholics from their homes and putting them in unfamiliar environments might only make things worse. Sometimes this process can create new stress and fear in a child, and ultimately be counterproductive.

So the unique difficulty in helping children of alcoholics is finding a way to maintain stability while still addressing the issues in the home, specifically those connected with the addiction.

Family Programs Part of Holistic Healing

Thankfully, complete removal from the recovery process is not the way it has to be for the families of those who struggle. Newer, more holistic treatment modalities make it a point to incorporate the children of alcoholics and their families in the treatment process.

An effective family program, such as the Palm Healthcare Family Program, can help to support the spouses, parents or children of alcoholics and addicts in many ways. Communicating with families and involving them in the recovery plan tends to make the living environment less dysfunctional.

A key element to assisting the family and children of alcoholics is education. Understanding the individual’s difficulties, they are able to provide an elevated level of support to the patient from home. These kinds of family involved programs can help the children of alcoholics get a better perspective on their parent’s behavior. At the same time, it gives families a chance to heal in tandem with their loved one.

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The Family for the Future

As innovation and education provide lasting results, treatment is beginning to grow in ways that have a stronger impact. Even elected officials and policy makers are now focusing on the impact of the family of the person addicted to drugs or alcohol.

The reality is, every person suffering from addiction issues eventually has to return home. Taking children away from their parents does not solve the issues, because eventually we want the individual to be able to live in their home environment. Recovery is about to reuniting families, not tearing them further apart. A more supportive family environment will go a long way in helping people in recovery maintain lasting sobriety.

This is why welcoming the family is good for the future. Programs like Palm Partners Recovery Center believe in keeping the spouses, parents and children of alcoholics and addicts connected to the person who needs their support the most. Overcoming the isolation and having love and connection in your corner can change the game. So even though National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week ended, we still want to challenge everyone to bring their kids or their parents closer together.

Thousands of people everywhere are growing and changing their lives through programs of recovery. Along with them, thousands of families are rebuilding and sharing their strength and hope. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call. We want to help. You are not alone.

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Do Mock Alcoholic Drinks for Kids Send the Wrong Message?

Should Kids Be Given Mock Alcoholic Drinks?

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Author: Shernide Delva

Whether it is putting on Mom’s lipstick or rocking a tuxedo, kids do the darndest things to feel like an adult. When you’re a kid, growing up seems like a magical experience, until you actually grow up, that is. Nonetheless, Disney thought they would take advantage of kid’s natural grown-up idealizations, as well their manic love for the movie Frozen, by promoting a mock champagne-style non-alcoholic drink decked out in Frozen decor for kids to enjoy over the holiday season. Cheers?

The response was controversial to say the least. While some parents thought the idea of a champagne bottle kids drink was harmless, others were completely outraged by the entire concept. The product creators said the concept of the mock-champagne was to provide a grown-up alternative to juice and pop at parties” for “little princes and princesses across the lands who want to be more sophisticated.”

After an uproar of negative responses, including from UK alcohol awareness groups, the product was recently discontinued by the company. A spokesperson for Disney said the company will stop producing the product after April of 2016. In the future, they will “no longer license Disney images to a product that is packaged to look like alcohol.”

The main concern was that products like these would encourage children to try alcohol in the future because by creating an association to a children’s cartoon, it makes alcohol seem like innocent fun. Considering the recent reports coming out that show that alcohol deaths are at an all-time high, it makes sense that some parents would be a bit sensitive to this kind of product.

Furthermore, alcohol awareness groups were totally shocked that the 750ml bottles were shaped in champagne like bottles, even with a pop cork. Researchers jumped right on it exploring the dangers of having products like these on the shelf.

Dr. Sarah Jarvis, medical advisor to charity Drinkaware, warned,

“Selling products which not only normalise but glamorise alcohol could increase the risk of young people wanting to experiment with alcohol.”

Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, insisted:

“This product should be removed from sale immediately.  Young children should not be targeted with champagne-style drinks to make them feel ‘sophisticated and grown-up’.”

On the other hand, parents who bought the product argue that the product is clearly labelled as a non-alcoholic soft drink and is simply a fun way for children to get into the festive spirit of the holidays.

For some time now, children toys have gone under intense scrutiny. Recently, hyperdermic needle toys was pulled off the shelf for fear of the message it could send about using intravenous drug use. Still, the question lingers as to whether all these measures to protect children could be an over precaution. Kids usually are not aware of deeper messages that their toys have and are simply being kids.

Previously, a survey conducted by the popular children’s informational site KidsHealth.org, wanted to know exactly what children thought of alcohol.  They surveyed 690 kids from 9 to 13 and the results were promising.  More than 90% of the kids said alcohol was very uncool (86%) or uncool (6%). And 89% of kids said that drinking alcohol at their age (9 to 13) was never OK.

Kids who do try alcohol do it for one reason: to be cool. Alcohol is marketed as a cool thing to do all throughout the media and sometimes ads focusing on alcohol are marketed in a way that could easily appeal to kids. In the same survey, kids were asked why they would try alcohol and the top three reasons were:

  1. To look cool
  2. To see what it’s like
  3. Because other kids are doing it

Clearly, being accepted around peers has a much stronger influence then any product could ever have. While keeping a conscious eye around your child is extremely important, remember that you are their greatest influence so be sure to monitor your behavior around your child and be your child’s best role model this new year.

Overall, toys that promote a lifestyle of drinking most likely is not the best idea. Instead, find other alternatives that promote the message of having fun without the need of substances. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

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