Addicted to Addicts: When tots and toddlers have addicts for parents
What happens to the children? This question gnaws at me all of the time. We adults have difficulty choosing how to deal with the addicts we love even though we have choices and can control these choices. But, what do the little children do? They have no power or control. They have unconditional love for their parents. Do they have any choices? Do they have any power? This week we are discussing these questions and talking with a guest who had parents who were addicts and she has a very sharp memory about her past. I wanted to know, what goes on in the mind of a 3 or 4 year old when there is chaos and drama in the home because of addiction? Is there pain, fear, anger, frustration like adults?
My guest today is Rebecca O’Donnell. She is an author, artist, and survivor. Listen to her story and consider your own. Again, I am grateful for my life.