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Children of Alcoholics week is recognized February 10th -16th. This week brings awareness to the children who are affected by an alcoholic parent(s). Many times people can become so engrossed with the "alcoholic" that they forget the effect on people who have to  live with an alcoholic. Generally, a person who has to live with and interact with an individual who is addicted to alcohol are suffering just as much but in a different way. Children who have parents with addiction  have higher tendencies to become alcoholics themselves and suffer from extreme emotional abuse. If you or someone you know is currently in a situation that seems hopeless, know that you are not alone. There are support groups that can help deal with this emotional distress. Also, it is important to find enjoyable things to do outside of your home. Many children are often embarrassed of their home situation. Every child  in this predicament should understand that their parents drinking problem is NOT a reflection of who they are. During this time, children should maintain their outside relationships.   Never let the problems at home completely strip you of the things that you enjoy. Use this tactic as a balance and a personal escape. See additional information for more facts and solutions of how to help you or someone you love deal with being with an alcoholic parent. 



"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path (Proverbs 3:5)."