Transcript for 'Dirty John' actor opens up to his 3-year-old daughters about his alcoholism
Thanks very much. We turn to a story about addiction and parenting and getting a lot of attention online. A video was posted showing Kevin's twin daughters talking about his alcoholism and sparked a Brazile. Reporter: Kevin zegers is known for his roles in "Gossip girl" and "Air bud." Hey, boy. Reporter: Now this morning he's opening up off screen about his battle with alcoholism. Eight years sober the 34-year-old is sharing his personal decision to tell his young twin daughters Blake and Zoe about his struggle. What is daddy? Alcoholic. That's right. So where is daddy right now? Alcoholic -- Alcoholics anonymous meeting. Yeah. Yeah. Reporter: That appears to be his wife Jayme asking the questions. The video posted alongside the caption learning 'em young, #aameeting sparking conversation about how wroung is too young about talking to them about alcoholism. A flood of comment, one user writing, not sure what this is supposed to mean. Teach kids what. That it's okay, funny to be an alcoholic. While another wrote, bravo. No shame, no secrecy, raising your children to be proud of the work their parent does living a sober life. Famous friends like dak Shepard saying I choose to share this because too many people want to shame people with addiction and mental health issues back into the shadows. My choice is to crack the window open so others can see what's possible on the other side. For "Good morning America," kayna Whitworth, ABC news. Thanks. Let's bring in Dr. Drew to talk about it more. I watched that and thought Kevin made a lot of sense and the Instagram post is probably going to help a lot of people. What was your reaction? 100%, George. I'm actually angry at people who spend their time judging what this man is doing. What he is doing is precisely what you should do. Look, with these people, would they be judging him if he was talking about a heart or lung condition. Bizarre we still treat conditions in the brain differently than we treat conditions say in our thorax. It's an organ, it gets sick and it's alcoholism and rigorous honesty is what he's maintaining is a key ingredient in his sustained sobriety. But all parents struggle with how much honesty is good for children at what age. You know, how much information should you pass over. Right, George, two issues here, one for alcoholics as soon as you can begin talking to them, as soon as they can understand in your opinion and don't want to force the information down their throat but where is dad going in the evening? He goes to these meetings. You don't them to seem secret. He has a condition. It's associated with some behaviors and for him to stay well he goes to these meetings and all the kids want to know is that dad is okay. Now, in terms of how honest to be, George, there is a wrinkle here. If you are not an alcoholic, an addict and want your kids to be ab city nepts, to have zero tolerance as your goal do not talk to them about what you did or did not do in high school or college but never be dishonest to your kids. It's just you don't have to answer every question. You just say, look, here's ba we expect from you. We're not going to discuss what I did in high school. Of course, they'll go, that's what you did. Well, we're not discussing it. Here's what we expect of you. That makes sense and when kids are little you only give as much information as they can handle. You answer it as honestly as you can but then kind of move on as well. But what more can all of us do to help reduce the stigma. Let's stop treating conditions above the neck differently than we treat conditions below the neck. Stop it, everybody, for gosh sakes. Secondly, talk about it just like we're doing. Discuss it and be open and honest. No shame involved in having a medical disorder. 50% of us will have some sort of Ike at trick condition in our lifetime. Alcoholism is one of those. It's genetic. Kis need to understand about their family history. Great advice, thanks very much.
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