Not to be picky, but Albert was actually addicted to MorPHINE.
As a child, I had no idea what had happened to Sylvia; I was a sheltered child and my parents just told me I'd understand when I was older. I did know she was pregnant, but that was only because Sylvia was "with child", and I knew that phrase from the Christmas story in the Bible.
My traumatic episode: "Gambini the Great". No other words necessary.