She was cold, scared and had received no presents and wanted to hear a story about her imaginary friend – a dog called Bruce.
The helpline’s regular callers often request classic Disney tales, while the Horrid Henry books and Roald Dahl are also popular, Ms Henriques said.
According to a parliamentary group there are 2.5 million children of alcoholics in the UK.
Hilary Henrqiues, the Nocoa charity’s chief executive, said on one occasion a counsellor had to help a five-year-old girl call 999 when her drug and alcohol addicted mother had locked herself in the bathroom overnight.
James, now 80 years old, grapples with anxiety, stress and depression. Children of parents with alcohol use disorders are particularly vulnerable.
He is one of millions of adult children of alcoholics — who refer to themselves as “adult children” — in the United States. They often take on the characteristics of the disorder without ever taking a single drink.
‘The children like to hear a made-up story because this helps to get across the message that things can be different from the life they live at the moment, which is really the cornerstone of what we do – keep hope alive.’ As MPs brand the issue a ‘secret scandal’, uk have interviewed a leading Psychotherapist and addiction expert on the long-term impact of being raised by an alcohol dependent parent.
Psychotherapist and International Conferences on Addiction and Associated Disorders presenter Christophe Sauerwein told uk: ‘Growing up under the care of addict is extremely difficult for the child and has impact in adulthood.
The term adult child of an alcoholic (ACo A) was derived in an attempt to describe the unique characteristics generally found among individuals who grew up with parents, where either one or both, struggled with alcohol abuse.
Recent evidence has suggested that children of alcoholics are at a significant risk for a variety of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems when compared to peers who were not raised by alcoholic parents.
As these children progress from childhood to adulthood, they carry these roles into new relationships and many times even into marriage.