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A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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How do I tell my 9 year old her father is an addict
Posted by Nicki99 on 8 January 2017.
Hi, I'm looking for some advice regarding my daughters dad He has been addicted to heroin for almost 20 years now He has done a few stints in rehab and managed to stay clean for a couple of months at a time Over the years, however in the last few years it has become apparent that he's never going to be clean He recently went to rehab for 2 months but told my daughter he was away for work...that has been the cover story for his last few failed attempts at rehab Now that she's getting a bit older I'm finding it hard to watch her go through this heartbreak of missing him when he's gone and just not having time for her because of his addiction I'm wondering if I should tell her the truth about his problem or is she just too young...my concern is that one day he'll be found dead in his flat and she will have had no incling and it will be like a bolt out of the blue But I'm also worried that if she does know he's an addict she'll spend her days worrying about him - he seems to just constantly let her down I really don't know what to do.any advice would be very welcome
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