My parents have a drinking problem, but every time I try to talk about it they say I shouldn't worry and they're getting help. Who can I talk to?
Having a parent with a drinking problem or other addiction can be extremely tough. Alcohol and other addictions affect everyone in a family — but sometimes parents don't realize this.
Even when parents are getting the help they need, sons and daughters have their own questions, concerns, emotions, and needs to sort through. Talking about all this with someone — whether it's a friend, counselor, or religious leader — is a healthy thing to do.
Alateen is an international resource for people in your situation. They can offer support, including meetings where you can talk with other teens who are going through the same thing. They also have a newsletter, AlateenTalk, where you can get the views of people your age.
Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: July 2013
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
|Al-Anon/Alateen This is a support group for family members and friends of alcoholics. Call: (888) 4AL-ANON|
|Alcohol and Other Drug Information for Teens This informational page by the National Children's Coalition offers facts about drugs and alcohol, teen recovery groups, and a drug and alcohol resource center.|
|National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) This organization provides education, information, and help in the fight against alcohol and other drug addictions. Call: (800) NCA-CALL|
|National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) This branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) leads efforts to reduce alcohol-related problems through research and education. The website includes related news, publications, clinical trials, and FAQs.|
|Alcohol Deciding whether to drink is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make. Get the facts about alcohol.|
|Coping With an Alcoholic Parent Alcoholism causes anguish not only for the person who drinks, but for everyone who is involved with that person. But there are things you can do to help cope with the problems alcoholism creates in families.|
|Dealing With Addiction Find out what you can do if you think you or a friend has a drug or alcohol addiction - from recognizing the warning signs to suggestions to help you stay clean.|
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