The Rory Story for Children with Alcoholic Parents

by The Discovering Alcoholic on January 19, 2009

Pet Bites Alcoholic Master at The Discovering AlcoholicAlcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) has developed a resource pack to assist the estimated 65,000 children living with alcoholic parents deal with their less than ideal situation. The primary tool is a storybook about a dog named Rory who is neglected by an alcoholic master. From the AFS website, “The resource is based on ‘Rory’, a fictional dog who can’t understand why his owner is neglecting him, until it’s explained to him that it’s because his owner drinks too much.” The book to be distributed by schools to 5-11 aged kids includes a Rory puppet and guidance notes for administrators.

This initiative for some reason makes me a little uneasy, but before I condemn or condone it I would like to see the results. A few things I know for sure though, children of alcoholic parents do suffer and the predictable course of events is that this suffering often leads to substance abuse being passed down through the family. So I applaud the AFS for realizing the problem and taking steps to combat it; I just hope they are monitoring the results and getting feedback to avoid causing more trouble for a child that is already in a hostile or at best neglected environment.

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1 christine donaghy January 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

can this book be ordered by the general public and where can we access it?


2 The Discovering Alcoholic January 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Click here for information on access to Rory and other tools and click here for reporting data pertaining to the story.


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