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Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing 56 September 2016 T Who's who: joining catalysts for change "Being the child of an alcoholic dad was not easy. Aged 15, I’d come over from the US thrilled to see him. He’d be at the airport. I’d run 'Dad, how are ya?’ – then we’d go straight to the pub for the whole of my visit. Over time, drinking took its toll on his health. After his death in 2005, I grieved and turned to alcohol to cope. I was lost and in a dark place. It was for me the loss of hope and dreams of all my youth. It’s hard to figure out what to do when you have a relative who’s alcoholdependent. I became a Nacoa patron in 2009 because if I had known there was someone to listen, it would have helped me understand and cope with my dad’s illness." CB "We all know that having a parent who abuses alcohol is a most disruptive experience for any child and often leads to long-term effects in one’s self confidence, capacity to relate and even, for some people, in their own relation to alcohol. My experience was fairly difficult. It led to wild mood swings from my father, to behaviour that was in retrospect deeply abusive, and other times where affection was expressed. It meant that his death was confusing emotionally. One of the things I most missed was the company of others who understood the issue. Nothing could be more important. I wish Nacoa had been around when I was growing up." JW Photographs this page: Top row, left-right Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, with his message to the APPG abridged below; All-Party Parliamentary committee room; Nacoa patron Calum Best above a summary of his speech for the APPG 2nd row, left-right Supporter & campaigner Liam Byrne MP – who hosted the APPG – with volunteers at Nacoa's 2016 David Stafford Memorial Lecture Bottom row, left-right: Volunteer Piers Henriques; Trustee Laurence Alleyne


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