The festive season can be difficult for families blighted by alcohol problems.
Christmas and New Year is meant to be a time of celebration and togetherness, making it doubly sad for children living under the shadow of parental alcoholism. It can be a distressing time, reinforcing feelings of isolation and a sense of being different. On top of the pressure to have a ‘joyful day’, usual routines, such as school, stop so many feel trapped at home.
Advent Care Messages
For the whole of the Advent Season in 2018, Nacoa will be posting Advent Care Messages from people who care and want to pass on their support for these children for whom Christmas is a time of pain and worry.
If you are not on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, don’t worry. We will be updating this page every time a message is posted.
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She urges all COAS, ‘Don’t be alone this Xmas’. Nacoa is here for anyone, anywhere in the UK affected every day over Xmas: 0800 358 3456. pic.twitter.com/hesUeY6nKi
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 23, 2018
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 22, 2018
It’s vital that people affected by their parent’s drinking can talk honestly about their feelings. Even if the rest of the family try not to.@TonyAdams sends his #AdventCareMessage to say: Find someone you trust to talk with—it will help. Nacoa is open 12-6 all days over Xmas. pic.twitter.com/t26uJdYE1J
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 21, 2018
The festive season can be a frightening time for children affected by their parent’s drinking. You can feel so responsible and so alone.
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 20, 2018
‘We looked like a normal family Christmas, but dad was biding his time until he could go on a binge.’
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 19, 2018
At Xmas, a child of a parent who drinks too much can have to deal with grown-up issues beyond their years. It affects them throughout their lives.
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 18, 2018
It takes immense courage to break the silence when a parent drinks too much. To help those affected it is vital to provide a safe space free of judgement.@ellemacpherson today sends her #AdventCareMessage to reach out and say, You aren’t alone and with help you can flourish. pic.twitter.com/qcAJQqlqMD
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 16, 2018
During Xmas, as a child or young person with a parent who drinks too much, things can get especially tough.
— Nacoa (@NacoaUK) December 14, 2018