Being the parent of a teenage can be overwhelming. Teenage years are a time of emotional upheaval and drastic physical change. Navigating these changes can be stressful. Some teens will turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with pressure. It is important that parents understand the difference between typical teenage behavior and the warning signs that something may be wrong.
The following are 5 signs that your teen may have a substance abuse problem:
- Change in Appearance
Teenage years are a time of experimentation. Kids are often trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in. Just because your daughter starts dressing “goth” or your son starts listening to a different type of music does not mean they are doing drugs. However, lack of interest in personal appearance, always looking tired or sudden unexplained changes in weight shouldn’t be ignored.
- Giving Up Sports or Other Extracurricular Activities
Another sign of teen substance abuse is the loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Drug and alcohol use will take precedence over healthier activities and become the main focus.
- Dropping Old Friends for New Ones
Again, the teenage years can bring about a lot of changes. Making new friends and leaving behind old ones is often part of growing up. However, if your teen starts to hang around known drug users and drops all of his/her old friends, this can be cause for concern.
- Secretive Behavior
Your daughter says that she will be at a friend’s house, but when you call the friend’s parent you find that she was never there. Your son comes home and goes directly into his room, like he doesn’t even want to see you. You caught your teen sneaking out at night.
- Drug Paraphernalia
Look for drug paraphernalia, including pipes, bongs, rolling papers, straws, plastic baggies, small packages of incense and/or needles. If you find something and confront your teen about, they will often try to deny that it is theirs and claim that it actually belongs to a friend. It is also very possible that whatever you find is only the tip of the iceberg.
Fortunately, early intervention can help prevent the problem from getting worse. If you suspect that your teen is abusing drugs and/or alcohol, call There is a Solution today. We specialize in finding individuals and their families affordable drug treatment. You can speak with one of our recovery specialists 24/7 by calling 1-800-832-5250. The sooner you call, the easier it can be for your child to move past their substance abuse struggles and focus on their future.