975183 tn?1251813472

Helping My Children Cope

I have boys, ages 8, 7, and 4. Their dad has a pretty severe presciption medication addiction. I have tried everything I can think of to get him help, offer him support, etc. Nothing worked. Last night I finally had to tell my husband to leave; that he needed to get cleaned up or just stay gone.

My boys are obviously very upset. I explained the situation as best as I could to them (without things getting too confusing or scary for them). They miss him, don't understand why he had to leave, and don't want him to be away.

Any advice on what I can do to help them get through this would be appreciated. I hate seeing them hurt, knowing there is nothing I can do to make this better for them. I know I can't "fix" this, but if anyone has any advice on what might make things easier on them, I would really appreciate it.
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535822 tn?1443976780
Well done you stood up and were counted, tell them thier Dad will miss you all so much he will get help, then he will come home,he will know now you mean it,hopefully he will get the help he needs, surely his prescribing Doctor will know what to do to help him wean away from the stuff he has been prescribing,So I think you behave in an upbeat manner, speak well of their Dad, be supportive when you can, make sure they see him regularly it is a fact that children do better if 2 parents are in their life .Take the boys out fill their lives with outings and sports , the busier they are the better so their thoughts wont dwell on feeling negative. Good Luck, will you let us know how you are all doing,
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973741 tn?1342342773
Hi, I'd also check with al- anon and see if they have any ways they recommend explaining things or any materials they can lead you to to help.  

You are very brave.  This is a hard thing to do.  Ultimately, you're protecting your kids.  Your boys probably have seen some of his addicted behavior---  and not liked it.  They just didn't know why dad was acting that way.  When they are older, they will better understand that you were trying to help their dad and protect them.

Give them lots of love and time to vent.  Good luck.  And I hope that your husband gets clean for the sake of you all.
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