My mum’s an alcoholic and she has been for as long as I can remember.
It makes me very, very anxious. Even as a small child, if I ever heard a noise I’d worry about what it was – just in case she’d fallen over.
I’m never angry at my mum. It’s just the alcohol that I don’t like as it changes her completely. She’s never violent but she does become verbally abusive and that’s hard to deal with.
There were times when I used to feel very lonely, but now I’m part of a support group and am surrounded by other people who understand what it’s like to be in a similar position.
With Fixers, I want to shed light on the problems that young people face if they have to look after parents who drink excessively or take drugs.
I also want to show others, who are going through the same thing that I went through, that help is available.(Anna is not my real name because I would like to remain anonymous.)
The Children's Society, Essex
The team at The Children’s Society support my Fixers project. Lisa Scivetti agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast film.
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.