Sis Wenger, President/CEO of the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA), took time to share with the Al-Anon WSO her firsthand knowledge of the long-term effects of alcoholism on the family.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month; it is an opportunity for Al-Anon members to help raise awareness about the support families can find at local Al-Anon and Alateen meetings. One way members can do this is by sharing this interview on social media and with local professionals.

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Sis WengerPresident and CEO, NACoA
Sis Wenger has been the President and CEO of the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) for most of the last 25 years. At NACoA, she has written numerous articles published across disciplines, edited, co-authored or contributed to books, journals, and program materials, and is a regular columnist for Counselor Magazine.

Her specialty is children and families impacted by parental addiction for whom she has advocated since 1980. She oversaw NACoA’s development of The Children’s Program Kit for SAMHSA, a comprehensive tool for establishing and providing educational support groups to help children of parents suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. Over 150,000 copies have been distributed throughout the country and been used in school-based student assistance programs, in youth organizations, church youth programs and treatment centers. NACoA has recently undated the Kit and it is expected to be available after the first of the year.