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Whitney Houston's daughter spoke on television for the first time about her mother's death and the battle she'd faced in life with substance abuse on Oprah's Winfrey's show. Emma Spiegler, 29, knows what it's like to grow up with a mother who's an addict. Her mum struggled with alcoholism and addiction to pain killers for many years. Emma talks about our online community where young people can talk to others who know only too well the pain of what it is like to grow up with a parent who has an addiction.
Today Giselle has courageously shared her story of living with her mum's alcoholism, which is by far not an easy thing to do. Thank you Giselle for your courage, honesty and for speaking out so that others who are afraid and living in silence may discover they are not alone and that it's OK to talk.
Giselle now volunteers with our charity COAP — Children of Addicted Parents and People — going into schools to talk to youngsters about her experience in the hope of reaching out to others who may be going through something similar.
To read Giselle's inspiring story - click on this link to Daily Mail Femail.
Today Turning Point have reported that 2.6 million young people are affected by parental alcoholism.
At COAP young people have posted a lot of messages about a parents addiction to alcohol. We also have messages posted by young people living with a parent of family members addiction to drugs, and things such as gambling.
Watch Emma talk about her mum's addiction to alcohol.
In this week's Grazia Emma who set COAP up in 2006 shares her story of living with her mum's addiction to alcohol and prescribed medication and she spent many years trying to fix her mum.
COAP in the Media
Would you like to share your story and help us to spread the word about COAP in the media? If it's a Yes...we would very much like to hear from you.
My mum's addiction (following on from Whitney Houston's death) 12.3.12 Lorraine Kelly ITV3
I spent my childhood trying to fix my mum 6.3.12 Grazia UK and International Grazia Magazine
Boozy parents at Christmas 13.12.11 ITV3 DayBreak Live with Kate Garraway, John Stapleton
Fundraiser tells of tough childhood with alcoholic father 8..7.11 Lincolnshire Echo
Are you teetotal because of what drinking did to your parents? 17.6.11 BBC Radio 2 Live
Future 100 Young Social Entrepeneurs 16.12.11
You booze, you lose; can the child of an alcoholic ever fully recover? 18.2.11 NHS Online
Alcoholism and Families 18.2.11 BBC Radio 5 Live Stephen Nolan
Breaking the Silence and Secrecy for Children of Addicted Families 1.10.10 Carers Community InExcess Issue No.1
Oh no, Mummy's drunk... again Daily Mail 14.7.10
BBC Oxfordshire Live 7.7.10 Phone in with Dr.Rachel Seabrook from Institute of Alcohol Studies
BBC Radio 2 Live 5.7.10 Jeremy Vyne and Dr Sarah Jarvis
BBC Breakfast Television News Live 5.7.10 Bill and Sharn with guest David Yelland former editor of The Sun
RADIO 5 Live Breakfast 5.7.10 ‘Has your Family been ruined by alcohol?’ Live 1hr Phone in with presenter Nicky Campbell and former alcoholic and editor of the sun David Yelland.
What is it like caring for a parent with an addiction? 13.5.10 BBC Radio 1 Extra
Company Magazine 'Blogging became our therapy' 7.3.10
Pain and anger are the hidden burden for children with an alcoholic parent The Observer 14.2.10
Alcoholism - The Wright Stuff Channel 5 2.3.08
Mummy Stop Drinking - ITV Tonight 3.3.08
My Alcoholic Mother - TrueTube
Drinking Mothers - GMTV 06.08.07