Wondering if your teen is using drug or alcohol can be one of the biggest worries a parent can face. Normal adolescent moods swings can resemble signs of drug use, however there are a few signs that you can look for.
NOTE: Some parents have said that when admitting their child to rehab, they saw no signs of substance abuse.
Signs of drug use in teenagers watch for:
Other signs you may notice:
Teachers may notice:
Make sure not to miss some of the more obvious signs that your child is using drugs or alcohol:
Signs of drug use specific to certain drugs:
Methamphetamine: Excitability, sleeplessness for days and weeks at a time, being wired up, total loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, dilated pupils, overly talkative, deluded sense of power, paranoia, depression, loss of control, nervousness, unusual sweating, shaking, anxiety, hallucinations, aggression, violence, dizziness, mood changes, blurred vision, mental confusion, agitation.
Cocaine: Impaired thinking, confused, anxious, depressed, short tempered, panic attacks, suspicious of everyone and every thing, dilated pupils, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, restlessness, irritability, very talkative, scratching, hallucinations, paranoia.
Inhalants: Short-lasting euphoria, giggling, silliness, dizziness. Headaches, fainting, or going unconscious. Use Over a long term: Short-term memory loss, emotional instability, impairment of reasoning, slurred speech, clumsy staggering gait, eye flutters, tremors, hearing loss, loss of sense of smell, and escalating stages of brain atrophy. In some cases, these serious long term effects are reversible with detoxification and nutritional therapy, however, sometimes the brain damage is irreversible or only partially reversible.
Heroin: Chemically enforced euphoria. “Nodding,” which is a dreamlike state, near sleep, drifting off for minutes or hours. For long time heroin users the drug may begin to act like a stimulant and the teen can do their normal daily routine; however, for others, it leaves them completely powerless to do anything.
Marijuana:Snacking more than usual, bloodshot red eyes, dry mouth, excessive and uncontrollable laughter, forgetfulness, short term memory loss, extreme lethargy, delayed motor skills, occasional paranoia, laziness, lack of motivation, stupidity, skunky smell on body, hair, and clothes, and strong mood changes and behaviors when the person is “high”.
This simple test may help you to identify if your son or daughter is using drugs or alcohol.
Click here to take the test. Is My Teenager Using Drugs Quiz?
Call us today to speak with a counselor if you are concerned your teenager is using drugs or alcohol.