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Explaining addiction to a child

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Explaining addiction to a child

This document offers tips for talking with children about addiction. Parents, carers, and family members can use this guide for when you are feeling uncomfortable or unsure about what to say. Explaining addiction well can minimise confusion, make children feel safe, secure, loved and cared for. Talking about a family member's addiction can help children find healthy ways to cope.
Target audience:
Parents or carers
Published:
November 2023
Last reviewed:
December 2023
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