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Book to help children with addicted parents

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 Book to help children with addicted parents

A book has been launched aimed to help and inform children with parents who suffer from alcohol or drug dependency.

The book, entitled Rory, tells the story of a dog who cannot understand why his owner acts in a certain way. Later in the book it explained that this is because the owner has a problem with alcohol.

Rory was put together by Barnardo’s, the South Eastern Trust and the Public Health Agency, and aims to reach the estimated one in 11 children of primary school age live with a parent with addiction problems.

Interim lead for Alcohol and Drugs at the Public Health Agency, Cathy Mullan, said the book was an “excellent resource for young children where alcohol is having a negative impact on their lives”.

“The plan aims to raise awareness of the impact of drugs and alcohol on families and to increase the range of support services available to them,”

Ed Sipler of the South Eastern Trust said the book had been “warmly received”.

“Your parent’s drinking is not your fault, you are not alone and it’s OK to talk about it,” he said.

“These are messages children living in these circumstances need to hear often.”

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