Substance Abuse in Children

Many children are exposed to drugs and alcohol at young ages, and substance abuse can become a problem even in early teens. However, children are also impacted by relatives struggling with substance use problems. The child of a parent who has suffered from addiction might experience feelings of self-blaming and shame that can increase risk for depression, anxiety, or relationship difficulties.

In either case, the goal of behavioral therapy is to provide both the child and the family with a safe space for expressing emotions, and tools effective coping.