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…

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…

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…

Alcohol – A More Powerful Hold

Today’s piece shows the most extreme progression of the family illness that is alcoholism and just how awful the ending can look. The anonymous author shows incredible courage to get this written down and articulate it in such a relatable way. If you feel affected by what you read in any way, then Nacoa can…

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,…