Nothing is more destructive to a teen and/or their family than the use of drugs. Consequently the earlier the intervention the better. The problem is that in most cases teens are using drugs for several months or even years before parents become aware of it. Even when parents do become aware of drug use, they often underestimate the extent of their child’s involvement.

If you are suspicious your child may be using drugs, don’t ignore the warning signs. Children seldom grasp the concepts of addiction. Most view themselves as imperious to peril. For some teens, the stress of adolescence and pressure from their peers is overwhelming, and drugs become an enticing escape from their real world.

Warning signs of drug use

  1. Neglected appearance/hygiene
  2. Poor self image
  3. Grades dropping
  4. Violent outbursts at home
  5. Frequent use of Eye Wash
  6. Unexplained weight drop
  7. Drug Paraphernalia
  8. Slurred speech
  9. Curfew violations
  10. Running away
  11. Skin abrasions
  12. Hostility towards family members
  13. Chemical breath
  14. Glassy eyes
  15. Red eyes
  16. Valuables Missing
  17. Possessing unexplained valuables
  18. Stealing/borrowing money
  19. Change in friends
  20. Depression
  21. Withdrawal
  22. Apathy
  23. Reckless Behavior
  24. No Concern about future
  25. Defiles Family Values
  26. Disrespectful to parents
  27. Lying/Deception
  28. Sneaky behavior
  29. Disregards Consequences
  30. Loss of Interest in healthy activities
  31. Verbally abusive
  32. Manipulative/Self-Centered
  33. Lack of Motivation
  34. Truancy