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Helping A Child Whose Parent is Struggling with Addiction []


By Kavitha Cardoza, National Public Radio, February 6, 2020

What can you do if you're a teacher, a neighbor, a churchgoer, a coach ... and you suspect a child is being impacted by a parent's addiction?

Maybe you're thinking, "I'd love to help but it's not my business." Or "I want to reach out but I don't know much about addiction."

Remember that episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, where he tells children to "look for the helpers"? You can be that helper simply by being present for the child. Mary Beth Collins with the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) says you certainly don't have to be an expert in addiction.

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