Children of Alcoholics (COA) week is celebrated every year during the week of Valentine’s Day.

recovery heartIt’s a week long period of events and activities that create awareness about how children are affected by their parent’s alcoholism.  There are so many facets of this “family disease” that need to be addressed.  With drug overdoses and destructive behavior that is prompted by drug and alcohol abuse so much in the media we are reminded that we have a long way to go in educating people and raising the awareness about addiction, how to address the afflicted and the affected.  IT IS A DISEASE THAT DISCONNECTS PEOPLE- A disease that breaks relationships between family members and with God.

What can we, as a Church, do about it?  We offer many avenues of outreach through Catholic Charities, parish ministries and support groups such as AA, Al-anon and Alateen that many parishes welcome into their community as a resource.  To supplement these programs the NCCA offers our spirituality and educational resources in addition to a parish-based support group that we call SAM.

The NCCA is growing the Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) Learn more here.  We ask you to take a few minutes to learn more about this mode of support that the Church can offer.  We will work with you to get this started in your parish or for a cluster of parishes.  Please call us at 800-626-6910, ext. 1200 for more details.

Also, during this special COA week, if you haven’t heard of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, please take the time to browse their website.  They do a wonderful job of offering resources and education.  The more we can all work together to let people know about all these valuable resources, the more we will be helping to advance awareness, hopefully resulting in more people getting the help they need.

Click here to watch this powerful video speaks volumes about addiction as a family disease.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.