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September 2010

Warning Signs of Teen Drug Abuse

by Staff, on at risk blog, at risk youth, teen drug abuse, Teen Substance Abuse, Warning Signs, Warning Signs of Teen Drug Abuse

Probably the most horrible things that can happen to a teen and his family is drug abuse. The only way to battle this problem is intervention, the sooner you notice the signs the better, but in most cases teenagers are using drugs for months before anyone notices. In some cases when parents find out about the drug abuse by their teen child they underestimate the seriousness of the issue.

If anything seems suspicious, you should investigate, never ignore the warning signs. Your children are not immune to vanity and they will never be able to fully comprehend the addiction. The reasons why teens succumb to drug abuse are many and it is very easy for teens to fall for such temptation, it is your job as parent to stop that if it happens and help your teen. Here are the warning signs you need to pay attention to in order to see if your child is abusing drugs.
Physical signs you should watch for:

-    Health complaints
-    Fatigue
-    Chronic coughs and allergy symptoms
-    Glazed eyes
-    Short term memory

Emotional warning signs:

-    Change of personality
-    Mood swings
-    Sudden bursts of anger
-    Change of typical behavior
-    Low self esteem
-    Poor judgment
-    Paranoia and depression
-    Lack of interest in previous things of interest

School warning signs:

-    Decreased interest in school activities and studies
-    Bad attitude towards teachers and school faculty
-    Drop in grades
-    Bad school attendance
-    Problems with discipline

Peer relationship:

-    Changing of friends and picking a new group of friends
-    Changes in dressing style and music tastes
-    Running from home and staying out late

These are just some of the warning signs of teen drug abuse, but again all of these signs may be a sign that something else is wrong with your teen child. It is not up to you to treat your child, yours is to identify the warning signs and symptoms and once you are sure the best course of action is to go see a professional counselor or therapist.

Make no mistake, if you try to make an uninformed intervention without preparation you will fail and maybe even lead to more serious issues and problems with your teen child. So be sure to seek professional help in order to help your teen child when you notice the warning signs of drug abuse. Staff