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What does addiction mean?

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Asked: 2018-07-19 03:44:10
I’m trying to explain to my young kids what addiction is. Does anyone have any examples that worked well with their children and helped them understand this disease?


Answered: 2018-07-20 04:20:56

Good for you for trying to talk to your kids about this. I did the same thing, and I told them that addiction is a disease that makes people sick, both in their minds and their bodies. I explained that addiction happens to good people, and that their disease can sometimes make them seem naughty or bad. I also told them it’s important for those with addiction to go to the doctor and get help, and I reminded them that they should be nice and respectful of anyone with this disease.


Answered: 2018-07-20 12:03:00

It’s really great that you are having an open and honest conversation with your children at a young age. I definitely think it helped my family in the long run. I talked to my kids about something they could relate to: the feeling of wanting or needing something, like a toy or an experience, so badly that, no matter how many times your brain (or your parents) told you ‘no,’ you still wanted it really badly. I added that this can happen with bad things like drugs and alcohol, and that it can be really hard for people to make the right choice.

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