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Help & Hope: Talking to children about the addiction of a loved one

There often comes a point when you need to talk to your children about the addiction of a loved one – be it a parent, sibling, or even teacher.

EOLIA, Mo. — Addiction is a biological illness that affects people from all walks of life, as well as their friends and family.

As such, there often comes a point when you need to talk to your children about the addiction of a loved one – be it a parent, sibling, or even teacher.

Aviary Recovery Center shares these tips:

-Call in professionals when necessary.

-Just like adults, every kid is different. Look into different types of therapy to find what works best.

-The Aviary Recovery Center’s Missouri drug and alcohol treatment program offers a family wellness program to provide support and a network for the loved ones of their clients.

-Use books to explain addiction to your child. Here are some options:

  • A Terrible Thing Happened, recommended for ages 4-7
  • Hear My Roar: A Story of Family Violence, recommended for ages 6-9
  • Critters Cry Too, recommended for grades K-5
  • You Werent With Me, recommended for grades K-6
  • Hey, Kiddo, recommended for grades 7-9

-Promote open and honest communication with your child. The worst thing you could do would be to not talk about it.

By ignoring a loved one’s addiction, you could be silently affirming unhealthy coping mechanisms and self-reasoning to make sense of the way that they will inevitably be affected.

For more information about the Aviary Recovery Center, visit aviaryrecoverycenter.com or call (888) 435-5540.

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