Children of Addicted Parents

COAP from Jing Li on Vimeo.

COAP is an online community for young people living with a family member’s addiction to drugs, alcohol or behaviour such as gambling. Over 5,000 messages have been posted by young people from all over the UK and worldwide to the message boards.

The online dimension of COAP appeals to young people who may be reluctant to talk to friends, teachers etc., but may be willing to open up to other young people in similar situations and exchange support.

Read more from HERE

COAP message boards are now at our new home NACOA http://www.nacoa.org.uk/messageboards/

Portrait of an Addict

Portrait of an Addict from Andrew Shebay on Vimeo.

“This is a spiritual (not religious) program. SerenityStar grew from the need for sustainable recovery. Many of us in this program have spent a lifetime getting clean and losing it. We began to look at what did not work for us and then filled the holes in our program giving birth to SerenityStar Recovery. We are not a treatment center. We are a group of recovering addicts and alcoholics who are working a 12 Step program and have been called into purpose. The purpose of offering our experience, strength and hope to the next addict who wants recovery.

SerenityStar is a 6-month to 1 year program – That means you can stay as long as you need to in order to get recovery and keep it. We are different because we put your recovery back into your hands. We are not responsible for your growth or healing – you are – but we will show you what has worked for us and give suggestions on how to live differently.”

National Recovery Month


National Recovery Month (Recovery Month, September 2017, USA) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
Read more from https://www.recoverymonth.gov

The Truth about Alcoholism

An estimated eighteen million people suffer from alcoholism in the United States. The actual theory behind what defines or causes alcoholism is debatable; some physicians and scientists contend that alcoholism is not an actual disease.
According to Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and author of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous:
“Alcoholism was never called a disease because, technically speaking, it is not a disease entity. Therefore we always called it an illness, or a malady – a far safer term to use.”
Source: A New Direction
The-truth-about-alcoholism

It’s easier to talk about it

Alkolinjen – Det er nemmere at tale om det from Fotografisk Kommunikation on Vimeo.

Alkolinjen (Denmark) is a national helpline where you can get support and help for your or your relative’s alcohol problem.
Our professional advisers are there to advise you on what you can do to move forward.
You can also get information on how you or your relatives can get more help for positive change.
Learn more from Alkolinjen
By Alkohol und Samfund

Alkolinjen Campaign: Reverse from Fotografisk Kommunikation on Vimeo.

Combat addiction

Addiction can happen to anyone, any family and at any time. It can be intimidating and overwhelming to identify a substance use disorder (SUD) and even harder to admit when there is a problem. Learning to recognize the signs of addiction is critical. Educate and empower yourself with tools and resources about addiction so that you can help someone in need.

You are not alone on this journey. There are a variety of people, organizations and various levels of care available, often nearby, to assist you. It’s going to take all of us.

By New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

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