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For Kids and Teens

We know what it’s like. You’re worried about your mom or dad drinking too much or using other drugs. It’s hard to have fun. It’s not a family any more. You feel scared and alone. Sad. Ashamed to have friends over. And of course you feel guilty too. Well, don’t. You didn’t cause it. You can’t control it. You can’t cure it.

Your parent drinking too much or using drugs is not your fault. (In fact, your mom or dad would drink or use even if you had never been born!) You can’t stop it by being good, or by being bad. Your parents still love you, even if the alcohol or drugs makes them unable to show it.

No matter how much you love them or how angry you feel, you cannot make them stop drinking. But you can still feel better about life, and all the things that lie ahead for you.