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Do you know the signs of teen drug abuse or teen alcohol addiction?

Do you know what to do if you suspect your teen has a problem?

Here is a list of 11 warning signs of teen drug or teen alcohol addiction.

Taken one by one, some of these signs may appear to be typical teenage behaviors, but use these signs with an open mind and most importantly – be aware of patterns.

For a lot of these signs, the key can be if you’ve noticed a CHANGE in these behaviors. It can be hard for parents to face and accept tough issues in our kids but they need us to advocate for them if they get on a troubled path.

1. Teen becomes secretive or disinterested in communicating with his or her parents?

If you ask them how their day was they often reply with one word answers. Teen’s may not want you to even know where they have been.

2. Teen is never home

Teen substance abuse users start hanging out more outside of the home. Your teen, who was once a fixture in the household is never home anymore. He or she always has something to do outside of the house and they provide little detail about where they are going.

3. Teen does less with the family

The days of having your teen attend any of your popular family outings like camping trips, short vacations, picnics or reunions are now a distant memory.

4. Teen is aloof

If they do spend time with the family, there’s a kind of a strangeness to them. They become distant and less interested in other members of the family.

5. Unclean Bedrooms

Their rooms aren’t being kept up anymore. A once tidy room is now a pig-stye. Clothes are strewn all over the floor, beds are no longer made on a regular basis or perhaps not at all.

6. Not interested in maintaining their appearance

They’re not as meticulous about the way they look. Their clothes are disheveled and dirty. They shower less often and little things like their cuticles are not maintained.

7. Use products like Visine to take the red out of their eyes associated with marijuana use

They use eye drops like Visine to take the red out of their eyes. If you find a bottle of eye drops in your teens clothes while doing the laundry, you have real cause for concern. Healthy teens don’t often need eye strain medication.

8. Finding Drug Paraphernalia in teen’s bed-room

You find drug paraphernalia in their room. Items in the form of rolling papers, pipes, a bong, roach clips are common-place when your child is using drugs. They are not holding these things for friends. Teens often hide drug paraphernalia in their room.

9. Poor and/or dropping grades

A sudden drop in academic performance. If your teen’s grades have begun to slip, there is a chance it is related to drug use. Research has shown much about its negative effects on attention, memory, learning, and motivation.

10. New friends

Change in friends. When long-time friends of your teen, those who share the same values such as family and school, are seen less frequently and new ones, who look like trouble finds them easily, come into the picture, this may be a tell tale sign.

11. Apathy
Children who lose their thirst for life and appear stuck in a rut may have underlying issues such as drug problems.

Parents should not be afraid to check their teen’s knapsacks or any other personal belongings that can reveal teen drug use. The same goes for the computer. A spot check of your teen’s social media profiles like Facebook or Instagram are perfectly acceptable. This applies to emails as well. You may also want to read our blog on “Hidden in plain sight,” which interviews a teen about her favorite hiding places for drugs.

If all else fails and your child has ventured down a dangerous path that appears to be irreversible, it may be time to start searching for teen drug rehab or teen alcohol treatment center.

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