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For young people living with a family member's addiction to drugs, alcohol or behaviour such as gambling

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  • Let it all out - write your own story

    Let it all out.

    How - by signing up and sharing YOUR story in the message boards

    How COAP helps? - replies from people who understand

    You don't have to COAP alone.

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Welcome to COAP

COAP was set up so young people affected by parental drug and alcohol abuse do not have to feel alone in what can be very tough times for many young people.

You Are Not Alone…

Over 6,000 messages have been posted in our message boards.

Our welcoming, safe, and supportive online community continues to grow; letting young people know they are not alone in their experiences. Our mentors understand and know what it's like to live with addiction. 

'Its really nice to know there is someone in the same position, it makes me feel a lot less alone'. COAP member

Talk to others who understand

Whether you are living with drug and alcohol abuse, gambling or another form of addiction; together our online community supports and empowers its members, providing a space to share problems and seek advice from others who understand what they’re going through.

Check out our message boards 



Thoughts & Quotes

life is like a series of photographs you develop from the negatives.
When you need to fly from your home, it's not a home. Home should be where the birds feelings are free not caged.
nobody likes the rain but if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.
♫ And the stars are always there but we miss them in the dirt and in the clouds we miss them in the storms. ♫
To the believer anything is possible, to the sceptic everything is impossible.
"the reason angels can fly is becuase they take themselves lightly"
Stay strong- Keep smiling =] and NEVER give up- there is always hope <3
'It is not the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves' (William Shakespeare)
Stick to the fight when your hardest hit, its when things seem worse that you must not quit
it's about learning to dance in the rain
sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same
we never notice the beauty around us because we are too busy trying to create it.
People say that it is holding on that makes you stronger, but sometimes it is letting go and putting yourself first.
No-one can do a better job of being you, than YOU.
Be strong now because things will get better; it may be stormy now but it can't rain forever.
This too shall pass
We have to learn to dance in the rain
Even on the darkest days sometimes we glimpse sunlight
Sometimes we need to tell our story 100 times
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark

Samantha a COAP mentor shares her story - BBC Radio Scotland 29.7.15

Samantha a COAP mentor shares her story of the impact of her father's addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs on her childhood - BBC Radio Scotland 29.7.15.

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