The “tween” and teen years can be a difficult time for many kids. It may be hard for parents to tell the difference between typical adolescent behavior and symptoms of drug use.
You know your kid best. If your child consistently exhibits the following warning signs, it could be that your child is taking drugs:
- Irregular school attendance or poor grades
- Carelessness about personal appearance
- Disinterest in hobbies, sports or other activities
- A new group of friends
- Irregular eating and sleeping patterns
- Negative change in personal values
- Significant mood changes (withdrawn, depressed, hostile, uncooperative/defiant, defensive)
- Trouble concentrating
- Stealing money, prescription medications or alcohol
- Change in family relationships
- Red /Watery/Glassy eyes or runny nose
- Lies about where they are going or who they are with
- Stays out late or past curfew
Some of these indicators can be caused by emotional problems or physical illness. Discuss the possibility with your child’s doctor and, if necessary, take him in for a physical exam. If illness is not the problem, it’s time to choose a course of action.
For tips on talking to your children at any age about substance use, please click below.
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