Addiction Forum Question

Forum Question
HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

What do I tell my son about his father's addiction?

The other day my eight-year-old son came home from school asking if his dad is an alcoholic. I had to walk into the next room because I didn’t want to break down crying in front of him. I don’t even think my son truly understands what that word means. So, when I asked him where he heard that he said that some of the older kids were picking on him, telling him that his daddy was an alcoholic and he was going to end up just like him, a drunk. It broke my heart. I feel like I need to explain to my son the meaning of the word and how it impacts him before he hears anything worse at school. Is he too young to know the truth about his dad?
Julie S When my daughter was young, her father was a heavy binge drinker, and while she knew something was wrong, she wasn’t able to understand it. I took her to a children's therapist because I knew it was impacting her life in a way that I couldn’t fix on my own. The therapist really helped her and our family make it through a difficult time.
Olivia K Both you and your son would benefit greatly in seeking family counseling. This is a subject that often comes up with younger children and having a professional to help guide you in communicating in a truthful, age-appropriate way is essential. This will give you and your son a safe place to process what exactly this means for your family and how to move forward together.