Children may have tough questions when it comes to parental addiction, but there are age-appropriate ways to respond. Learn about Parent Addiction Resources from Sesame Street in Communities with some questions children might ask, and ways you might consider responding.
When a family member struggles with addiction, the whole family struggles. Children often think it’s their fault; they feel shame, embarrassment, guilt, and loneliness; they may feel invisible. It takes special effort to start important conversations and answer children’s questions. But parents, teachers, caregivers, and other caring adults can comfort children and guide them through difficult moments. With love and support, the family can cope with the challenges of addiction together.