Addiction Forum Question

Forum Question
HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

How can I keep my younger son safe from his brother's addiction?

My youngest son looks up to his brother so much. I'm terrified that he'll turn out just like him. How can I keep him away? My fear is that trying to keep them separated will backfire ā€“ where they team up against me or hang out in secret. What's the best way to tell him about his brother without devastating him or causing him to act out? I don't know what I would do with both boys being addicts. I want to be proactive.
Kelly M 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
Olivia K 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.