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 Want to Stop Feeling Scared and Inadequate.

This is another anonymous piece that describes the pressure that comes with growing up with an alcoholic parent and how it can be hard to step out of the ‘circle of fear’. If you feel impacted as a COA then please remember that Nacoa are here to help. If you would like to share as…

My Relationship with Grief and Alcoholism

Here is another anonymous piece that shows the confusion and the grief of having, and then losing a parent to alcohol abuse. If this resonates with you then Nacoa are here to support. If you would like to share as someone affected by a parents drinking then please get in touch. My mother died very…

All I Seem to Write About is You!

This anonymous piece is so incredibly moving and deeply highlights the struggle of the living grief of growing up with an alcoholic parent. If you feel you can relate to this and want support then Nacoa are here to help. If you would like to share as a COA then please get in touch. Whenever…

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…

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…

To Be Accepted In Our Struggle Is All We Wish For

Todays piece has been written by Jacqueline and explores the lack of understanding around parental drinking. Many COA’s have their experiences devalued as ‘not that bad’ and this piece explores this in such an articulate and human way. Always remember Nacoa can offer you help and support and if you would like to share as…

Learning to Fly

Featured picture is of the author Helen, pictured with her second son, who was 10 weeks old when her mother died (around the time this picture was taken) Helen Wilson is a 37 year old journalist, yoga teacher, vegan chef, mother of two and child of an alcoholic. Helen’s mother, Jane, died in July 2017,…

Photo Of My Mum

This piece has been written by Ashleigh and as well as describing what growing up with an alcoholic parent is like, Ashleigh offers hope and inspiration in how she has taken the positives from such a difficult experience. This is a piece that will resonate with so many. If you feel affected by a parents…

I Will Meet You Here

Today we have a hard hitting piece anonymously written that finishes with a strong and meaningful message of hope. If you feel affected as a coa then Nacoa offer amazing help and support. If you would like to share as someone affected by a parents drinking then please get in touch. My alcoholic mother died…