drug abuse

How to Tell if Your Teenager is Abusing Drugs


Taking careful note of their teen’s behavior allows parents to take urgent steps toward stopping drug abuse before it becomes critical or life-threatening.

By: Shaun Chatman

Although it is a sad epidemic, there’s no denying that many young people are dealing with drug problems. While behavioral changes are often attributed to growing up and testing one’s boundaries, the use and abuse of drugs is an unacceptable risk that can lead to addiction.

The following are signs that a teen might have a burgeoning drug problem. Becoming aware of the symptoms will allow you to take steps toward stopping it before it becomes critical or life-threatening.

Problems at School
School detention doesn’t generally involve bars and professional security, but it is often a short step between being in detention often and being picked up and hauled off to juvenile jail. If you get your teen to snap out of it before he or she develops a criminal record, the better off you will all be.

People with drug problems generally stop caring about following rules, and often will violate rules as a direct result of wanting more of their drug of choice. So if this kind of behavior begins happening with your teen, take note.

Prescription Drugs in the Home
What many parents don’t realize today is that teens have become smart about how to get high. The average high school has an advanced drug-trading ring that parents are accidentally a part of through their — and their teens’ — prescription medications. While you might not think that ordinary medications like Zyprexa or Adderall would be useful to a teen in need of a buzz, but they are just two of the commonly abused prescriptions that are easy to get.

You can somewhat handle this problem by keeping track of your own and your teen’s prescriptions. If you get a 180-day dosage, make sure the bottle isn’t empty within a few months. A “take as needed” medication shouldn’t disappear in a few weeks, no matter how great the “need” might be. Keep count of your medications and lock them up if need be.

Spending Habits of Drug Users

Granted, as time goes on, people need more money because of the financial responsibilities bestowed upon them. But if your teen is suddenly obsessed with getting more money and doesn’t have a specific savings goal, that can be a red flag that something is up. Drug addiction is expensive and wanting more money is a sign that the teen is needing to supplying a habit.

By the same token, suddenly having a lot of spending money might mean that your teen is selling drugs. This is just as bad as taking them. Either way, if you catch your teen using or selling drugs, you will need the best drug rehabilitation to avoid long-term damage and consequences.

Physical Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Drowsiness, red eyes, listlessness, and a breakdown in basic judgment are just a few of the physical and mental symptoms of a drug problem. If you notice changes in your teen’s physical appearance, take serious note of all symptoms. Handling the problem sooner rather than later can prevent life-long troubles.

Drug problems are very real. If you notice and take urgent action, your teen can get better.


About the Author
Shaun Chatman is a well published author on many authority sites. He lives in Dunedin, FL, and spends his free time playing with his kids or advising friends on tech, gadgets, finance and travel.

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