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There are few families not affected by addiction in some manner and all parents can learn from tips on how to talk to their children about alcohol and drugs. While Straight Talk: What Recovering Parents Should Tell Their Kids about Drugs and Alcoholis written primarily for the recovering addicted parent, it contains information that will be valuable to anyone who has addiction in his or her family system. Talking with your kids about alcohol use, drug use, and addiction can be difficult for any parent. For recovering parents, conversations with your children about drug use and abuse are even more complex, urgent, and personal. This book provides clear direction and gently support for discussing your past addiction with your children. Claudia introduces five very different families and how these parents have talked to their kids about recovery, relapse and the child's own vulnerability to using drugs and alcohol in an addictive manner. As you come across various scenarios of family situations or examples, simply take what fits and leave the rest. Discussion tips and easy to understand facts are shared in boxed sections to help parents focus in on key issues. Topics addressed include:
- The basic healing messages that young children need to hear if parents who have recently become sober are raising them.
- How to talk to adolescents, teens and grown children about the basic characteristics of addiction, including denial, preoccupation, loss of control, change in tolerance and withdrawal.
- How to discuss genetic and environmental influences that can contribute to becoming chemically dependent, including the latest brain chemistry research.
- How parents in early recovery can begin making amends and building sober relationships with their children, whether the children are young or grown.
- Age-appropriate strategies to reduce a child's risks for experimenting with drugs and alcohol.
While you can't make up for the past in a few conversations, and you can't completely protect your children from the enormous reach of addiction, you can move closer to becoming the parent your children need you to be and the parent you want to be. Nearly all parents struggle at times. There is no one prescription for raising children or mending hurt relationships. It is my hope Straight Talk will offer you support, guidance and direction while allowing you to be present for your children with your own authentic style.