Addiction is in my family and while I don’t obsess over it (yet), I often worry that Lincoln has this terrible disease. I feel crazy sometimes, but I’ve seen this disease ruin a life (and really mess with some other people’s), and it’s pretty much the number one thing I worry about happening to Linc. Out of all that could happen I worry most that he’ll become an addict.
How and when does this discussion about drugs and alcohol come up? I’m not going to talk to a three-year-old about it, but what about when he’s six? Seven? My family member started chewing tobacco at 10 and was in to drugs and alcohol at 14. When asked why, he says “I just felt like doing it. So I did for 26 years.” Today, he has been sober for almost two years.
I’ve never done illegal drugs, and I’m not sure how much I have to offer with a don’t-do-drugs speech except to use some examples of my family member’s life. How much of an impact will that have? Addiction is a disease. If he’s got it, how can it be stopped? From what I’ve experiences, it has nothing to do with your class, education or upbringing. It just is.
I believe I never did drugs because I never had the opportunity, I never really gave in to peer pressure of any kind, and I just had to take one look at my family member, who was deep in his addiction when I was in junior high and high school, to know I did not want that. My parents never talked to me about drugs.
When and how have you talked to your kids about drugs and alcohol?