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The thought of having a child with a substance abuse problem is terrifying to a parent. Numerous surveys reveal that substance abuse, including alcohol abuse/alcoholism and drug abuse/drug addiction, is a national problem, but when it affects your child the issue becomes personal.
Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.
Now that your child has a behavioral disorder, what do you do? Talk to your child, find out how they are feeling. Do they have any personal problems or other issues that seem overwhelming or maybe they feel is beyond their control? Generally speaking, your child’s school may have professional resources available to help. If the situation becomes more serious, the Behavioral Health Services team at Denver Health can help.
Denver Health offers a safe haven for children suffering from substance abuse. Our expert staff provide intensive and compassionate care in our unit designed for children and adolescents ages 8-17. Our approach is based on what we have learned works best for children and adolescents in crisis. Additionally, our specialists work with clients as outpatients at regularly scheduled appointments.