Having addiction in your family is difficult enough, but it becomes infinitely more complicated when there are children are involved.
Here are a few key things to remember when talking to a child about an addiction (especially if the addicted person is their parent or sibling).
You want to remember not to talk badly about the other person and to customize your conversation based on the age of the child and their particular personality. It can also be helpful to talk about addiction to being an illness because it helps the child avoid blaming themselves or others for the problem.
Family recovery specialist Kim Garret gives even more practical advice about how to appropriately talk to kids about addiction in the video above.