"How can I keep my younger son safe from his brother's addiction?"
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I ran into the same problem with my kids.. my daughter was the addict and her younger brother started to lose interest in school because of me only focusing on her. It never crossed my mind that her addiction would influence him and steer him in the wrong direction, but while working with a family counselor, she brought up all these concerns. This was a few years ago and he is doing great, so I do think the sessions had a positive impact on him
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Depending on the child's age, it is important to involve him in an honest discussion. Younger children do not need specifics, but rather to know that their sibling is ill and the family is committed to healing. For older children, it is important to educate them on the disease concept and what that means for the sufferer, as well as the family. Exposing them to programs such as Ala-teen and options for counseling give them direction towards finding a solution for themselves to be able to process what is happening.
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