Is parental substance abuse harming your child?

Substance abuse remains a major problem across the United States, including right here in Golden. While the effects of addiction can be wide-ranging, its most powerful impact may be seen on children who are exposed to parental substance abuse.

If you suspect that your child may be exposed to parental drug use while in his or her other parent’s care, then you should keep your eyes out for these symptoms:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral issues, including violent acts towards others
  • Sleep disruptions, including increased nightmares
  • Poor school performance
  • Lack of concentration
  • Sadness
  • Self-harming behavior
  • The taking on of parental responsibilities
  • Excessive guilt

Keep in mind, too, that children who live in a home with substance abuse are more likely to be subjected to abuse or neglect. Therefore, if you have concerns about your child’s exposure to parental substance abuse, then you may need to take immediate action to protect your child.

What should you do?

 First, you need to gather evidence. You can talk to your child and get your child into therapy, but you can also obtain police reports and witness accounts that confirm that your child’s other parent is using drugs. Also, try to find witnesses who can attest to your child’s changed behaviors. Then, once you have the evidence that you need, you can seek a custody modification by filing a motion with the court. The matter will be set for a hearing, though, so you’ll need to ensure that you’re adequately prepared.

Stand strong to protect your child

We know that this can be a scary situation, and that there can be a lot at risk. But that’s why strong attorneys like those at our firm stand ready to fight for you and your child. So, if you’d like to learn more about what you can do to build your custody modification argument and protect your child’s best interests, then please continue to read our website to discover what our firm has to offer its clients.