Fathers Day Thoughts

This is such a powerful piece to be posting on a day that can be very hard for COA’s. I am sure so many will relate to the pain that the author, Amy, describes in this post and maybe even more so to the courage it takes to put oneself first. If you feel affected…

I am grateful for the glimpse I had of you

Today’s anonymous piece is beautiful in the way it reflects on some of the memories that can be easily lost in the pain of having an alcoholic parent. Not all alcoholic parents are amazing parents behind the drinking but often it is the case that they are and this piece captures that perfectly. If you…

Grief

This is such a heartbreaking piece that highlights the complexity of grieving the loss of an alcoholic parent. The loss of hope, the confusion, shame and guilt. We are not alone. If you feel like you need some help and support then Nacoa are there for you. If you would like to share as a…

You Don’t Know Me.

Today’s anonymous piece is a powerful poem with words that will surely resonate strongly with most COA’s. If you feel impacted as a COA then remember that Nacoa can offer help and support. If you want to share something as someone affected by a parents drinking then please get in touch. You carried me inside…

Friends For Tea

This piece has been written by Hayley and explores something that nearly all COA’s will likely relate to and it also has a nice undertone of how we can break the cycle in so many ways. Remember Nacoa can offer help and support and if you would like to share as a COA then please…

I Am Strong, I Am Fearless.

Today’s piece has been written anonymously and is an important piece. It shows how peoples drinking can creep up on a family and how the behaviour can become normalised. It also highlights the importance of finding support and how far reaching the impact is. If you feel like you may have been affected then Nacoa…

Stronger Than Any Other

This is the second piece written by Lyz Shaw and shows just how complex life can be when you have a parent or parents that drink too much. If you feel impacted as a COA then Nacoa can offer support. If you would like to share as a COA then please get in touch. In…

A Mum Is Supposed To Be Your Best Friend But My Mum Put Alcohol Before Me.

This is an altered re-post. It has been written anonymously but the first time round the author decided they weren’t comfortable with some of the content and so the piece was removed instantly and they decided to re-write another piece. That is in itself shows courage and awareness.  Remember, if you have been affected by…

Self Preservation

I fee like this is such an important piece. It has been written anonymously but offers so much hope of how we can reach a place where we find our own value…. But also, it shows that we can build our own boundaries based on our needs and wants, even if that means distance from…

My Life

Today’s piece has been written anonymously but shows nothing short of immense courage in laying their whole story out there. The resilience shown by COA’s is nothing short of amazing and i know that for me, each and every time I read a story like this I feel less alone. If you you feel triggered…