ERIC Number: ED344180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Children of Alcoholics in Schools: A Call to Compassion. CRIS Perspectives on the School.
The issue of children of alcoholics (COAs) is discussed in this document, focusing on COAs in school. The topics of authority in the family and family relationships are discussed. The roles (hero, lost child, mascot) COAs adopt and how these roles are manifested in school are discussed. It is noted that COAs are seeking to have fundamental needs met in peer relationships while the rest of the students are having social needs met. The isolation of the family with an addict is discussed, focusing on the effects of this in school. These 10 specific steps for success with COAs in school are presented: (1) conduct at least one formal program per year for faculty and staff on addiction and family systems; (2) expand drug and alcohol policies to include other addictive behaviors and the addiction of others; (3) provide opportunities for recovering Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOSs) to tell their stories; (4) provide encouragement for faculty and students who seek help for problems stemming from family addiction; (5) remember some adults in schools are recovering COAs in need of help themselves; (6) provide facilities and time for counseling groups as needed; (7) do not accept behavior at face value; (8) trust one's instincts about suspected family dysfunction; (9) identify a recovering ACOA on the staff to serve as a resource person; and (10) inform parents of expanded addiction policies. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Religion in Independent Schools, Washington, DC.