Supporting Children of People With Alcohol Use Disorder
What Are the Short- and Long-Term Effects of Having a Parent With Alcohol Use Disorder?
For Children of People Experiencing Alcoholism
- Scared for your parent and yourself.
- Confused about what’s going on.
- Lonely or isolated.
- A sense of loss, even if your parent is not physically gone.
Understand That You Are Not Alone
More Places for Kids to Find Help:
How Adults Can Support Children of People With AUDs
- Responsibility to hide reality from the child.
- Concern for the parent and child’s safety.
- An urge to pretend nothing is happening.
- Uncertainty about your role in helping or how to intervene.
- A sense of discomfort, helplessness or fear.
Talk About What’s Going On
Practice Appropriate Language
Allow Children to Find a Safe Person
Additional Resources for Adults:
- Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program: multi-day program to support and educate children affected by alcohol use disorder in their family.
- Camp Mariposa: mentoring and addiction prevention program for children affected by familial substance abuse.
- SAMHSA National Helpline: free, confidential treatment referral and information service for those facing or affected by substance use disorders.