How To Identify and Treat Teenage Drug Use

When it comes to identifying and treating teenage drug abuse, there are several signs that you will want to watch for. This article will highlight some of those points, as well as identify how to treat drug abuse. Many parents do not see the dangers until it is too late.

Here are some symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  1. He begins to spend a lot of time alone, not even hanging with his friends anymore.

  2. You notice money missing from your home, and pills as well.

  3. He lies about his whereabouts and what he has been doing.

  4. He no longer cares about anything or anyone.

  5. You get telephone calls from people who will not identify themselves to you.

  6. You notice that his grades are beginning to drop, and that he is skipping class or school altogether.

  7. He sleeps a lot in class and at home.

  8. He loses interest in school and other activities that he used to enjoy.

  9. He loses or gains weight, or he experiences mood swings, blackouts, and short term memory loss.

  10. You find drug paraphernalia in his room or laundry.

According to the World Health Organization, there are several basic reasons why young teens may be drawn to drugs. They may want to feel grown-up and make their own decisions or they may want to fit in.  It is also a way that teens satisfy their curiosity.  And drug use can make teenagers feel good and relaxed, temporarily alleviating some of the stresses of adolescence. 

But how and where do you get treatment for your teenager? First, you need to get as much family support as you possibly can. Not only will this help your child, but you as well. Then as a family, you will have to confront your teenager. Expect him to resist your help and even deny that he is using drugs. If he insists that he is not using drugs, then you should immediately take him to your doctor to be tested for drugs. Of course he will hate you for this, but remember that what you are doing may ultimately save his life. If he refuses to go, then you may have to call in additional help.

There are many hospitals that have treatment centers set up just for teenagers. Some of these will even do the drug testing for you. Try doing several online searches to find one in your area. You may also be able to find several support groups that consist of parents who are going through the same thing as you. This is a great way for you to get support and ideas on how to cope.

 

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