If someone close to the child has an addiction problem or is going away to residential treatment, the child should be given some idea of what is going on.
Unfortunately, explaining addiction to a child is no easy task. You likely are not sure how much you should share and it can be hard to find the words to explain addiction to them that fits their level of understanding. Luckily, there are some books for kids about addiction that can help.
If you are struggling to explain addiction to a child, try these books about addiction for kids.