Wondering if your adolescent is suffering from a drug or alcohol dependency can be stressful for any parent. A parent may fear for the safety of their child’s well-being and feel helpless. Addressing a drug or alcohol addiction early is the first step in helping your teenager avoid a life of substance abuse. Use these three tips to help detect if your adolescent is struggling with addiction:
- Uses your senses, including your nose. If your adolescent has been out of the home for an extended amount of time, greet them when they enter the house. If they have been doing drugs and drinking alcohol, the smell may still be on their clothing.
- Make eye contact with your child. According to DrugFree.org, your teenager’s eyes will appear “red and heavy-lidded, with constricted pupils if they’ve used marijuana. Pupils will be dilated, and he or she may have difficulty focusing if they ’ve been drinking” (Drug-Free, 2017). If you see one or more of these features on your child, it may be time to intervene.
- Observe any changes in your adolescent’s mood or behaviors. If you notice that your teen comes home from hanging out with friends and is “loud and obnoxious” or “unusually clumsy” as well as any of the above behaviors your teenager may be abusing drugs and drinking illegally. (Drug-Free, 2017)
If you suspect that your teenager is taking drugs, DrugFree.org suggests some unexpected places that a parent can check.
- Makeup cases- Sometimes adolescents, female especially, will hide drugs in fake lipstick or Chapstick tubs.
- Under a loose plank in the floor
- Inside empty candy bags
- Inside empty over the counter
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If you think that you or your child might be struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency, please contact us at 469-714-0006 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer compassionate services for all ages and are committed to your emotional health.
“Preventing Teen Drug Use: How to Spot the Early Warning Signs.” Where Families Find Answers on Substance Use | Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, drugfree.org/article/spotting-drug-use/
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