One of the more terrifying things that a parent can face is that a child of theirs is possibly using drugs, either over the counter or illicit. It is critical to address a teenager’s potential drug use. It may, in fact, ultimately make the difference between living and dying. Before confronting your daughter or son, here are some common warning signs to look for that might indicate that she or he is using drugs and potentially abusing them as well. If you run into any red flags, make sure you speak to your teenager or get professional help to assist you with this.
It is completely normal during this time for teenagers to move around in different social circles to explore and grow different friendships. However, when your teenager suddenly abandons close and long-time friends to hang out in an entirely different group, it can be a sign that there are more dangerous and sinister changes occurring.
Try to find out why the change took place. Was there a falling out between your teen and the friends, or is there something more to it? The last thing you want to do is upset your teenager. However, it is well within your rights to probe your child gently for information regarding the new friends.
Wild, severe and unpredictable mood changes can be potential warning signs as well. Of course it’s true that some amount of angst and moodiness are part of the natural process of growing into a young adult. However, this effect can be magnified many times over by chemical substances.
Ultimately, you are the one who knows your child the best. You will most likely notice any unnatural behavior or severe emotional problems. Of course, there will be occasional surges of hormones that can be forgiven. Just keep an eye on any changes in behavior that are drastic and way out of line with how your child regularly behaves.
Sometimes a parent will discover drug-related paraphernalia in a child’s possession. It can cause overwhelming feelings of panic and fear. Learn which items and paraphernalia are associated with specific kinds and forms of drugs. That will help you be prepared in case you need to identify any items you happen to discover. Finding drug paraphernalia, after all, is one of the easiest and most obvious signs that your teenager is involved in drugs and maybe alcohol as well.
Teens experimenting with alcohol and drugs frequently undergo very obvious changes when it comes to their enthusiasm and interest level in things they have enjoyed for a long time. If all of a sudden your teen stops being interested in long-term interests like extracurricular activities or sports, try to probe him gently to try to figure out what is causing this abrupt change. Simple social conflicts, in some cases, can cause a teen to become alienated from his peers. On the other hand, in dangerous situations, the change might be a sign that your teenager has abandoned his interests in favor of drugs that could directly threatened his happiness and health.
It becomes harder and harder to keep track of everything going on with your teen as he transitions into a young adult. It can be very painful. However, it is very natural as well. The bottom line is, you have a huge responsibility to keep a look out for any potential dangers, including alcohol and drugs. It is acceptable to experience some alienation if you have your teenager’s best interest at heart. Keep in mind that substance abuse directly threatens your teenager’s happiness and health and act on that knowledge accordingly.