The Putnam County Communities That Cares Coalition supports ‘Children of Alcoholics’ week this year being held Feb. 9-15.
“We support and spread the word on this observance because we don’t want those who need the encouragement the most to fall through the cracks,” stated Coalition co-chair Kristin McConnell. “An average of 40% of individuals at each of Putnam County outpatient treatment providers (Putnam Family and Community Services, Arms Acres, and St. Christopher’s Inn) report that they were a child of an alcoholic or substance abuser. This doesn’t mean all children of alcoholics will repeat their parent’s behavior, but it does prove that there is a correlation and we need to help those struggling now so they know they aren’t alone.”
The Youth Bureau offers a free and confidential program called Pegasus for children ages 6 to 14 who have a parent or family member with alcoholism or other drug dependencies, said co-chair Joseph DeMarzo.
“Home is what most children consider a safe environment, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case,” DeMarzo said. “It is essential that children currently living in the difficult situation of parental alcohol addiction know that there are resources out there to help them and that there are individuals out there who are in recovery from the situation and are living healthy and full lives.”
The eight-week Pegasus program is offered twice a year. For more information, call 845-808-1600.