How can I tell if my teen is using drugs or alcohol?

How can I tell if my teen is using drugs or alcohol?

Featured Articles Parenting Articles Parenting Help Parenting Help Parenting Help Tips Parenting Teens Teen Parenting Teenage Parenting   Chances are, if you’re asking this question, you are already suspicious that your child may be using drugs or alcohol. If you are suspicious, then it is highly likely that you are correct. Parents have very good intuition. The only problem with parental intuition is that parents often try to dismiss or rationalize their concerns.

The old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the pee. An at-home, urine drug test can be used. These types of tests are available at a variety of drugstores and online. You must read the directions carefully and follow proper procedure to get an accurate test result. Alcohol tests use a saliva sample.

I wouldn’t suggest giving them a heads-up on the test. There are ways to “pass” a test. Also, your timing isFeatured Articles Parenting Articles Parenting Help Parenting Help Parenting Help Tips Parenting Teens Teen Parenting Teenage Parenting   crucial. Detection times vary. Street drugs usually can be detected in the urine for 1-3 days after consumption. The exception to this rule is marijuana, which can be detected up to 30 days.

You should choose a test that will give you a comprehensive list of substances and their detection rates. It is also important to note if your child is taking a prescription that may be detected in the test. You wouldn’t want to lam-blast your child for taking their ADHD medication.

If you don’t feel comfortable giving the test yourself, then you can always request a test by your family doctor or pediatrician. You can also make testing routine as a precaution. Many children are involved in activities at school that require a physical. Testing can be part of your child’s physical.

I know the first question after reading this post will be “what about trust?” Don’t use trust as a cop-out. If you already have a relationship built on trust, then testing won’t be a problem for your teen. Be sure to reward your teen for “passing” a test. The most important thing your child needs to know is that you are doing this to protect them, that you love them, and it’s your responsibility as a parent.

Routine testing may also work to your child’s benefit. If your teen is asked or pressured to partake in illegal substances, they can honestly answer “no-way, my parents will bust me”.

Parents need to know about treatments to help people quit drugs or drinking, just in case they learn that someone they hold dear is into substance abuse.

The internet is full of valuable tools and information. Just Google “teen drug test or testing” and you will have enough information to keep you busy researching for days. Just remember, your child’s safety is of the utmost importance. “Trust” will be a moot point if your child ends up in jail or worse, dead.

For more information, please read Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Use.

Author: Gabriella Parker

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