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How to explain addiction and alcoholism to young children?

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Asked at 2011.04.19 01:49:13
I would appreciate the insight and experiences of families who have been touched by substance dependency and have had to explain it to young, developing minds.

We've had this conversation in the past with our children, whose biological mother who is also my relative, has struggled with addiction since her late teens. However, as a series of new situations come our way, the children are pressuring for more information about their mother's condition.

I feel a little lost and I cannot get a hold of written information at the moment. My husband and I mostly answer from the heart. We do not judge or demonize any drug addicts and much less the mother of our children. However, it is hard to talk about the consequences of drugs and alcohol in excess to small children. Have you had to do something similar? How did it work? What resources, words, ideas did you use? And how do you think your children understood the message?
answer Kimberly  Answered at 2011.04.19 01:49:13
A year ago on 3-18-2010. My husband and the father of my 4 yo. Was killed by a drunk driver. I took her to a consular and to aa for children of victims meetings. I will tell you now that there are no words to explain their problem. But you need to re enforce that you love them and it is not their fault. That what the person has is a sickness. All you can do is keep answering their questions. Honestly. And as they grow older they will figure it out. There is no right or wrong way to answer their questions. Just make sure that they know they can come to you with anything they are not sure about. From reading your question I can tell you care a lot about these kids. And are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.
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