It can be difficult to tell if your child is using drugs. They may try to hide it from you, or they may not even realize that what they’re doing is considered drug use. However, there are some telltale signs of teen drug use that can help you determine if your child is using drugs.
If you are concerned about a young adult in your life, Zelus Recovery’s Idaho young adult rehab center may be able to help. We provide treatment and support for young adults struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, offering counseling services, group therapy, and more. Contact us today at 208.518.0797 for more information about our care options.
Teens and Drug Use
Teens and young adults are susceptible to drug and alcohol use for various reasons. Peer pressure, stress, and mental health conditions can all lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol.
Young adults are at a high risk of drug use because:
- They may be facing increased stress or pressure at school or in their personal lives, which can lead to self-medication with drugs or alcohol.
- They may be surrounded by friends or peers who are already using drugs, which can make it seem normal and easy to start using themselves.
- They may be dealing with mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression, and using drugs or alcohol can temporarily help to relieve their symptoms.
Additionally, young adults may not be fully aware of the risks associated with drug use, or they may think that they are “invincible” and will not experience any negative consequences. Learning about the signs of teen drug use can help you have a constructive conversation with your teen.
Sings of Teen Drug Use
The signs of teen drug use can vary depending on the substance that is being abused. However, if you see any of these teen substance abuse symptoms, it’s important to seek professional help immediately.
1. Changes in mood or behavior
If your child suddenly starts acting out or withdraws from friends and family, it could be a sign that they’re using drugs. Drug use can cause changes in mood, behavior, and appearance. Pay close attention to any sudden changes in your child’s behavior.
2. Poor performance in school
If your child’s grades start slipping or they miss more days of school, it could be a sign of drug use. Drugs can interfere with focus and concentration, which can lead to poor performance in school. If you notice a change in your child’s grades or attendance, talk to them about it and see if there’s a reason for the change.
3. Changes in appearance
If your child starts dressing differently or their hygiene starts to suffer, it could be a sign of drug use. Drugs can cause people to lose interest in their appearance and personal hygiene. Pay close attention to any changes in your child’s appearance and talk to them about it if you’re concerned.
4. Withdrawal from activities and hobbies
If your child suddenly stops participating in activities and hobbies they used to enjoy, it could be a sign of drug use. Drugs can cause people to lose interest in the things they once enjoyed because they’re more focused on getting high instead. If you notice your child withdrawing from activities, ask them why and see if there’s anything you can do to help them get back involved again.
5. Secretiveness and lying
If your child starts being secretive and lying, it could be a sign that they’re using drugs. People who use drugs often lie about their drug use or try to keep it hidden from others because they know it’s wrong or they’re afraid of getting caught. If you notice your child being more secretive than usual, ask them what’s going on and see if there’s anything you can do to help them feel more comfortable sharing with you.
If you see any of these signs in your child, it’s important to seek professional help immediately so they can get the treatment they need before their addiction spirals out of control.
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