What are the signs of drug use in an adolescent?
A. In the
normal course of adolescence, kids often exhibit symptoms
that would give any rational adult pause. However, the presence
and intensity of a cluster of disturbing symptoms should be
First, rule out
any physical illness with a trip to the doctor. Ask the doctor
to evaluate for depression or other emotional causes as well.
If there's a clean bill of health and the symptoms are still
present, follow your gut and locate a professional (psychiatrist,
psychologist or counselor) with experience in adolescent drug
Signs and Symptoms
Common to Adolescents Who are Using Drugs
Is my child:
- Withdrawn, depressed,
tired, or neglecting personal grooming
- Hostile, uncooperative
and frequently breaks curfew
- Suffering deteriorating
relationships with family members
- Hanging out
with a new group of friends and unwilling to introduce them
- Skipping school
and experiencing dropping grades
- Losing interest
in hobbies, sports and other favorite activities
- Exhibiting changes
in sleeping patterns (ie. Awake at night, asleep during
- Having a hard
- Exhibiting red
eyes or runny nose without evidence of allergies or a cold
for taking household money without permission
- The possible
source of any of the following items in the home: pipes,
rolling papers, small medicine bottles, eye drops, butane
lighters, baby pacifiers, unidentified pills, incense, drug-related
books, comics, magazines, locked boxes or containers.
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