Letting addicts around your kids
When do you cut-off or limit contact with someone in your family who has an addiction? How much does the age of the kids have to do with it? Is having a "dangerous situation" the only line?
Between hubby and me we have 4 addicts in our immediate family, various combinations of alcoholics, gambling addicts and prescription-drug abusers. They range from complete denial (hiding their stash, using in another room) to blatant acceptance ("I like being addicted to X I don't care what other people think"). Recently we've had to ask ourselves where we are going to draw the line as parents. No one is ever really belligerent or angry as a result of their trouble, but, for example, when I see an adult pass out on the couch because of pills or drink... that bothers me. And even though the kids in the room don't know why that adult so sleepy at 9pm, it still upsets me.
So when does a family member start losing time/access to your kids as a result of their choices?
Happy atheist in a home full of love: Hubby, baby Seamus, K-9 Tilly and Feline Franklin
Last edited by Palooka; 09-16-2012 at 11:43 PM.