Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics
It’s a good feeling to know you can rely on your mom or dad. It’s good to know there’s someone who will have your back when you need them – someone who’s in control when things start to feel out of control. But some kids don’t know that feeling. The reason: They have a parent who’s not in control. And that parent is not in control because he or she is an alcoholic. “It was like I was the mother,” a girl named Kate says. “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” focuses on kids who have an alcoholic parent. And there are a lot of kids in that category, according to experts – approximately 11 million in the United States alone. You’ll meet Brittany from New York. “I’ve tried to help my mom not to drink. I yelled and cried and begged her to stop,” Brittany explains. You’ll hear from Matthew from Colorado. “I would worry a lot about my dad,” he says. “My grades were suffering because I couldn’t focus.” There’s Kate from New Mexico. “I have lost some of my childhood,” she says. “I know things that some kids my age don’t even know – like maybe should not know.” There’s Rian from Louisiana. “One day (my mom) wouldn’t wake up,” Rian says. “And I started crying, ’cause I thought she was dead.” And there’s Sam from Florida. “I wondered, ‘What’s wrong with my dad? Is he sick?’” Experts say alcoholism is a disease. It’s not your fault. It’s not something you can cure. And as a kid, it’s not something you can control. But you can control how you cope with it. And you can get help – not only for your mom or your dad but also for yourself.
Youth 22 min. 2010 DVD-4216