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Children of Addicted Parents and People (COAP) was founded by Emma Spiegler in 2006, to help establish connections between young people, mutually affected by parental and family drug and alcohol abuse, and other addictions such as gambling. Emma’s mother had an addiction to alcohol, and prescribed medication, for much of her childhood and teenage years. So, Emma wanted to provide other young people in similar situations with the help, and support, that she would have liked as a child.
Our welcoming, safe, and supportive online community continues to grow; letting young people know they are not alone in their experiences.
For many young people the current path may seem to be one of loneliness, despair, and confusion. Through our message boards, we've come to learn just how resilient, determined, and hopeful young people can be when faced with, what seems like, such a hopeless situation.