Talking openly and honestly with a child about a loved one’s substance use disorder is very helpful, though it may be difficult. In this brochure, we share ideas for talking with a child about addiction, listening to a child’s feelings, and supporting them during this time. Remember that what the child needs more than anything is a supportive adult and it is your being there that matters most.
Here are some additional resources that may be useful.
Local supports: You can reach out to your local healthcare professionals or a child’s school counselor to help build systems of support around the child.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: This organization offers resources and hotlines for someone experiencing a substance use disorder.
Alcohol and Drug Helpline: If you would like to talk to a professional or be connected to resources in your area, the Alcohol and Drug Helpline at 833-301-HELP provides free and confidential support by trained counselors.
Crisis Text Line: If you feel there is an immediate crisis with a child or family, you can text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line and connect with a trained counselor.
Professional Counselor: If you feel speaking with a professional may help, you can use these sites to find a counselor in your area.
The Fred Rogers Center acknowledges the collaboration of Dr. Jessica Black in the development of these resources.