A Kids Book About Addiction
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For Ages 5+
It’s difficult when someone you know or love suffers with addiction, but it’s a reality many kids are confronted with and need help understanding. This book was made to help explain what addiction is and help all readers cope with and validate the many feelings that come when experiencing someone’s addiction.
Born in Michigan, now based in Portland, Oregon, Nicole Lendo has a Master’s of Education and is currently a special education teacher. Through her personal experiences living with addicts, loving addicts, and teaching the children of addicts, she helps us learn to love ourselves and others, even within the loops of addiction.
Hardback Size: 8in. x 10in.
Printed in the USA
eBook Format: EPUB
eBook ISBN: 978-1-951253-74-5
eBook Compatibility: iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices
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Designed in Portland, Oregon
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As a professional working in addiction, I had hoped to find an option for my patients to share with their kids, but I won't being suggesting this book. There are a few stigmatizing ideas presented that we are moving away from as an industry, like the word "addict" versus "a person with addiction". Improvement could be made by making it a first person centered perspective, "I am a person with addiction" for example, or "For me, the experience of being a person with an addiction is like....." And "For me, the experience of recovering from an addiction is...." As written there is too much "they" which makes it seem like those with addiction are foreign, should be talked about without their involvement, etc. That said, there is a lack of books introducing addiction to kids, this is better than nothing and you should make your own decisions about what works best to get your family talking about addiction openly and without shame.
Really tough subject made accessible through this book. Grateful it exists.
This book is for those who want to learn about addiction. It is written in a way that anyone can understand what an addiction is. The book can be helpful for young children as well as adults. My life would have been very different if I had access to a book like this when I was a child.