All children and young people have the right to grow up in a home protected from the negative consequences of drug and alcohol misuse.
The term drug or alcohol misuse describes a pattern of harmful behaviour involving the misuse or overuse of substances for mood altering purposes.
When does it become a problem?
Problems arise when drugs or alcohol are over used or guidelines are not followed or when a person takes illegal drugs. If a parent has a problem with drugs or alcohol, it can be upsetting or confusing for children.
How will I know if my child is affected?
Children can be affected in different ways. Not all children show signs that the parental substance misuse is affecting them. However, if a child is affected, possible signs are:
- Withdrawal or depressed mood
- Lack of friends or friends visiting the home
- Hungry and tired a lot of the time
- Sleep disruption
- Anger or aggression
Information for young people: