Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Use

Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Use

Featured Articles Parenting Help Parenting Help Tips Parenting Teens   Of course, no parents wants to think their child may be using drugs. Not all parents will be so lucky.

The following list is not meant to be definitive, but rather a general guide to help parents know that their teen may be in need of help.

Keep in mind that the teenage years can be an emotional roller coaster in itself. Drugs don’t necessarily have to be at the root of negative behavior. When faced with abnormal behavior from your teen, it’s important to keep all options on the table until ruled out.

1. Physical evidence of drugs or paraphernalia (rolling papers, scales, plastic baggies, empty aerosol cans, vials, prescription bottles, over the counter cold medications, incense or any normal household item that is found out of place). It is very surprising to many parents that a lot of ordinary household items can be turned into drug paraphernalia. For example, a lamp without the shade can be used to “cook up” certain drugs.

2. Changes in behavior (not making curfew, excuses for behavior, lying or evasiveness, stealing, excessive requests for money, argumentative, overly defensive, verbally or physically abusive, outbursts,Featured Articles Parenting Help Parenting Help Tips Parenting Teens   not making eye contact, truancy, paranoia, anxiety, destructive, sudden drop in grades, loss of interest in activities, spending more time alone or in bedroom, change in eating habits, change in sleeping habits, unusual fatigue or hyperactivity, forgetfulness, depression, lack of motivation, changes in friends, excessive need for privacy, or any behavior out of the norm for your child)

3. Physical changes (weight loss, weight gain, dilated/constricted pupils, bloodshot or watery eyes, constant runny or stuffy nose, constant sore throat, lack of grooming, poor physical coordination, shaking or twitching, puffy face, slurred speech, dry mouth, unexplained rashes, confusion, disorientation, needle marks or skin abrasions, nosebleeds, increase in dental problems or excessive tooth decay, or any change out of the norm for your child)

Don’t be quick to rationalize or justify changes in your child. Some changes can have a valid cause. Just be sure to investigate thoroughly before ruling anything out as a possibility. I have never heard a parent say, “I wish I had not questioned or checked up on my child.” However many parents have said, “I wish I had known or considered that my child was in trouble.”

All the information about the signs and symptoms of drug addiction that you can get from http://www.teenzeen.org/ or similar sites may come in handy when you suspect your son or daughter of using drugs.

Author: Gabriella Parker

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