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…

Are Alcoholics/Addicts Selfish People?

I recently ran a poll on social media asking the question, ‘Are alcoholics or addicts selfish people’. On Twitter the poll received 237 votes and on Facebook there was a much a smaller response, mainly because the facebook page was so new at the time. However on both pages the results were pretty much identical….

Fighting The Demons That I Am Left With.

Yet another brave and informative piece that is so reflective of what has been a huge week of awareness for children of alcoholics. This piece has been written anonymously but that doesn’t take away any of its power. The resilience shown by children of alcoholics will always amaze me.  Nacoa can offer vital support to…

We Had This Big Secret In The Family.

Continuing COAWeek2018 we have a Hugely informative piece from McKenzie Snape on her life growing up with an alcoholic mother. Mckenzie articulates really well how societies and services lack of awareness can further deepen the troubles that COA’s face, this is something we hope to change.  Nacoa can offer vital help and support to anyone suffering from a…

Nothing Will Ever Take Away The Love I Have For My Mum.

Here, Lauren Claxton writes such a courageous piece that highlights how having an alcoholic parent can seep into your whole life. So very apt that is it is being posted as part of #COAWeek2018. Remember that you are not alone and Nacoa can offer you the help and support that you deserve. If you would like…

Abstinence – A Dirty Word.

Here, Holly tackles the topic of how society views those who make the choice not to drink alcohol.  As always, if you’re affected by a parents drinking, no matter what your age, Nacoa can offer a safe place to share where they can also provide help and support. If you have something to share as…

2018 – The Biggest Year Yet For Children Of Alcoholics.

2017 was such a huge year of awareness for COA’s. The effort from everyone involved just to try and get awareness out there is massive and makes me appreciate what it has taken to keep Nacoa going for the past 27 years, reliant completely on volunteers and donations alone! 2017’s COA week was huge and…

I Have Hope And Dreams Of A Future.

Here we have another brave anonymous piece. Always remember that Nacoa are always available to offer help and support.   Also, if you feel like you would like to share something with us then you can contact us here.   I lived with mum, dad and the older sibling in a Council house in Manchester. I only…

Alcohol And My Family – The Complete Story.

Here is the complete story of ‘Alcohol And My Family’ together in one post. I have done this because one of my 2018 ambitions is to get this into book format so that it can get into the hands of children or people that it can really help. I plan on trying to crowdfund this….

Wackaging, Wine and the Codification of Alcohol Advertising.

Following Dr Jennifer Wallis’s fundraising for Sobertember last year, on behalf of Nacoa, she has decided to go a whole year with no alcohol to raise further funds. She is a historian and lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, whose work focuses on medical and psychiatric history. Over four blog instalments, Jennifer will be…