Even a good parent having great relationship with their kids experiences parenting bumps, when they grow into teenagers. In teens behavior issues are common. In between their moods, change in interest and detached behavior parents find it hard to determine if it is normal are signs of serious issues.
The signs and symptoms of teenage normal behavior are similar to drug usage. Moreover, there can be signs of psychological problems like anxiety and depression.
Warning signs of teenage drug abuse
Change in behavior
The early signs of teenage addiction are withdrawal from friends & family, change of friends, lack of communication, isolation, or disinterest in previously enjoyed activities. The teenage may be stealing cash or things from the house.
Teens using drugs turn more dramatic or irrational. They verbally abuse or fight violently with their siblings. They even threaten to run away, destroy property or drop out from school. Depression, apathy and mood instability are also symptoms that warn drug abuse and never ignored. Isolation means large substance use issue.
When teenagers start to show low productivity, poor morale, apathy, aggressive behavior, poor interaction and lack of self-confidence then it is a red flag. Failing tests, poor grades, and bad performance in class is another warning sign. Change in personality is normal teen behavior but can also be an early sign of drug abuse, so take steps.
Drug abuse takes toll on the body and you can see it in the form of –
- Poor hygiene
- Bloodshot eyes
- Red, flushed cheeks
- Dilated pupils
- Tremors & shakes
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Unexplained bruises
Detecting drug paraphernalia
Paraphernalia is the most definite sign that she/he is involved in drug abuse. You may notice paraphernalia like smoking pipes, weight scale, bongs, hypodermic needles, butane torches, lighters, vials, and balloons.
To identify warning signs is hard and it is harder to admit that your teenager is abusing drugs. It is best to act smartly and seek professional help as soon as possible.