Alcohol and drug use can lead to risky and harmful behaviors. The team at Duke’s center for adolescent substance use treatment works with families to create customized plans that help young people overcome alcohol and other drug problems. Our treatment options include outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Signs of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
We consider any use of alcohol or other drugs by adolescents and young adults to be problematic because of its harmful impact on young, developing brains.
Be on the lookout for:
- Change in behavior -- for example, from drinking only on the weekend to drinking during the week
- Change in a peer group, especially if your child’s peer group shrinks to include mostly others known to frequently use alcohol or drugs
- Sudden or gradual drop in grades
- Money missing from accounts
- Stains on fingers, burn holes in clothes
- Suspicious packages frequently delivered to your home
Seek Professional Help
If you are concerned about your child’s behavior, don’t hesitate to contact us. Nearly all of the teens and young adults with whom we work are referred to us by their families, schools, or community institutions. Your early intervention can have an enormous impact on your loved one’s future.
We Treat Young People Ages 13-24
The evaluation and treatment process typically starts within seven to 10 days of contacting us. We believe teens and young adults have the best chance of succeeding when they and their family, counselors, doctors, and other significant people their life work together on a treatment and recovery plan.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
We Help Your Young Person with a Substance Use Disorder
A Team of Behavioral Health Experts
Our experts treat young people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Our substance use disorder team has the training to effectively address these disorders, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
Active Research Program Improves Treatment Options
Adolescent and young adults will have access to our active research program to improve substance use disorder treatment. Our studies have included counseling techniques for addressing alcohol or marijuana use along with depression.
A Network of Area Contacts
If an adolescent or young adult needs care beyond the scope of our programs or as a continuation of our services, we have a network of trusted contacts to help you and your son or daughter get the best possible care for long-term success.
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center is proud to be nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties.