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Books for Kids and Teens About Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Kids who live with -- or have been separated from -- alcoholic or drug-addicted adults have lots to deal with in addition to all the other hard stuff that comes with growing up. Feelings of loss, grief, anger, isolation, and shame crowd in on school experiences, relationships, and even their sense of self. Reading about characters who are dealing with loved ones' abuse of alcohol, opioids, or other substances -- or about teens who are struggling with addiction -- can help kids deal with complex family dynamics and keep hope alive. For more stories of growing up, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and Books About Families.