There seems to be an ever-increasing epidemic of our nation’s youth using and abusing drugs or alcohol. Raising a troubled teen who self-medicates through abusing drugs or alcohol is every parent's worst nightmare.
Pay Attention to The Signs of Teenage Drug Abuse
If you are a parent of a troubled teen, it is imperative to catch abuse early on to spare your child from a life of regret and despair. Below, are ten warning signs your child may be abusing harmful substances.
- Lack of hygiene -Will most likely appear uncharacteristically messy, unkempt
- Discoloration in face - May have a pale complexion, causing the user to appear exhausted (look for bags under eyes)
- Clenching of teeth - Clenching of the teeth may be a sign of overstimulation due to abusing amphetamines or other stimulants
- Frequently Breaks Curfew - Addicted teens tend to sneak out or break curfew by staying out all night
- Avoiding Contact - An addicted child will avoid any form of personal contact while they are using (they are fearful of being outed by parents or other authoritative figures)
- Inability to Focus - May struggle to focus on simple tasks, such as paying attention during a one-on-one conversation
- Sullen, Withdrawn or Depressed - Teens who abuse drugs are often depressed or have a low self-esteem due to their frequent abuse
- Unusually Elated - On particular drugs, such as amphetamines or cocaine, may cause the user to experience unwarranted elation
- Lethargic, Slow Movement - Depressants, such as heroin or painkillers, may cause afflicted individual to appear fatigued, almost slow-motion in their moving
- Disappearance of Prescription or Over-the-counter Pills - Often, teenagers abuse drugs they find in the medicine cabinets at home, or at a friends house
Know the Symptoms and Take Action!
It is important for a parent of an addicted teen not to panic, but seek immediate therapeutic assistance for their child. By seeking and implementing therapeutic intervention early on in their child’s addiction, parents are more likely to prevent their child from forming life-long, destructive habits.
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