According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 16.3 million people aged 12 or older are heavy alcohol users in the United States.
During Alcohol Awareness Month, Al-Anon shines a light on the estimated six people who are affected by each of these drinkers.
“He never comes home when he drinks,” said Angel, an anonymous commenter on an Al-Anon “First Steps to Al-Anon Recovery” podcast. “I sit up all night, freaking out. He doesn’t seem to care how badly it hurts me to see him literally drinking his life away. So he keeps telling me he will only drink occasionally. Last night he proved that was not the case. His friend comes over and he asks me if I mind if he drinks with him. Of course I mind. Barely two months ago he totaled my car!”
Another anonymous commenter on an Al-Anon podcast said, “I told my mom...
Next week (Feb 14th-20th) is Children of Alcohol Awareness Week where we take a little time to focus not on the addict, but those affected by the addiction.
It has always been said that alcoholism is a family disease, meaning that is takes a hold of everyone connected to its devastation, children included. And so with that, we take this week to focus on those kids and what we can do to help them through this difficult journey.
Did you know that one in four children live in a family effected by addiction?
Think about how many kids or teens that is in your classroom if you are a teacher, on your team if you are a coach, or in a group you’re involved with if you are a parent. It is an astronomical number and one that is often never known because it is known to be a silent population,...