Children and young people have told us that when a parent drinks and takes drugs it can make things difficult at home and cause problems and worries

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If you have a parent who drinks or takes drugs, know that:

  • It's not your fault
  • You can't stop your parent's behaviour
  • There are people who understand and can help
  • If you're worried or need to talk to someone now, call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit their website. 

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Support for you

We have developed some activities to help you think and talk about what is happening at home 

You can read also read quotes and stories and watch films of children and young people in a similar situation to you. 

Useful websites

Here are some other websites that can provide support and guidance and information: 

  • A.D.A.M - a website run by Alcohol Focus Scotland for young people who are concerned about or may be affected by another person’s drinking. A.D.A.M stands for Another's Drinking Affects Me
  • Adfam (families, drugs and alcohol) - our mission is to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use
  • Alateen - for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics
  • Alcohol Concern - a national charity with information for young people
  • Aquarius - the national charity runs a young people's service in Birmingham offering support for under 18s who live with someone who uses drugs or alcohol. You can also email them
  • Carers Trust - Babble: an online community for young carers
  • Choices with Fixers - a site with young peoples' shared stories and advice on alcohol, drugs, crime and other issues
  • COAisathing is a website run by the child of an alcoholic. The site welcomes the stories and experiences of children, young people and adults who have been affected by a parent's drinking
  • FRANK - friendly, confidential drugs advice. The website also lists an A-Z of drugs
  • It's the drink talking - a youth-driven campaign, hosted by Alcohol Concern that gives young people a voice on alcohol issues and the tools to create positive change
  • Message boards - for young people living with a family member's addiction to drugs, alcohol or behaviour such as gambling. The message boards were originally run by COAP (Children of Addicted Parents) but are now under the care of Nacoa
  • National Association for the Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) - providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking