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Do you need information to find help for a loved one's addiction?

Arrange a confidential meeting with a representative of DACOA to discuss
available resources.

Call 302-656-5554 for a free consultation.

 
     
 
Mission Statement
 
 
The Delaware Association for Children of Alcoholics' mission is to increase public awareness and recognition of the special needs of children of alcoholics (COAs) of all ages - especially those too young to speak for themselves.
 
         
 
 
Children of Alcoholics Screening Test (CAST - 6)

Check the answer below that best describes your feelings and experiences related to your parent's alcohol use.

1.
Have you ever thought that one of your parents had a drinking problem?
 
Yes  |  No
2.
Did you ever encourage one of your parents to quit drinking?
 
Yes  |  No
3.
Did you ever argue or fight with a parent when he or she was drinking?
 
Yes  |  No
4.
Have you ever heard your parents fight when one of them was drunk?
 
Yes  |  No
5.
Did you ever feel like hiding or emptying a parent's bottle of liquor?
 
Yes  |  No
6.
Did you ever wish that a parent would stop drinking?
 
Yes  |  No

Scoring:   If you scored 3 or more Yes answers
you may be a child of an alcoholic.

Developed by Jones and Pilat.
 
 
 
Question
Are children of alcoholics more likely to become alcoholics?
Answer
Yes. Children of alcoholics are three to four times more likely to become alcoholics than the general public.
Question
Are children of alcoholics (COA's) more likely to marry an alcoholic?
Answer
Yes, They are more likely than others to marry alcoholics - many COA's choose partners who are alcoholic or who have some other addiction.
Question
Do COA's have difficulty with relationships?
Answer
Yes, a child who is loved one day and rejected the next may have trouble developing meaningful relationships
Question
Is violence more prevalent in alcoholic homes?
Answer
Yes. 55% of all family violence occurs in alcoholic homes.
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