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34 Warning Signs of Teen Drug Use

Nothing is more destructive to a teen and/or 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 years before parents become aware. Even when parents do become aware, they often underestimate their own child's involvement.

Don't ignore the warning signs. Teens seldom grasp the concept of addiction. Most view themselves as impervious to peril. For some, the stress of adolescence and peer pressure is overwhelming and drugs become an enticing escape from reality.

  1. Neglected Appearance/Hygiene
  2. Poor self image
  3. Grades declining
  4. Violent outbursts
  5. Frequent use of eye wash or Visine
  6. Unexplained weight loss
  7. Drug paraphernalia
  8. Slurred speech
  9. Curfew violations
  10. Running away
  11. Skin abrasions
  12. Chemical breath
  13. Glassy eyes
  14. Valuables missing
  15. Hostility towards family
  16. Red eyes
  17. Stealing/borrowing money
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  1. Valuables suddenly appear in child's possession
  2. Change in friends
  3. Depression
  4. Withdrawal
  5. Apathy
  6. Reckless Behavior
  7. No concern for the future
  8. Defies Family Values
  9. Disrespect of parents
  10. Lying and deception
  11. Sneaky Behavior
  12. Disregard for consequences
  13. Loss of interest in healthy activities
  14. Verbally abusive
  15. Manipulative/self-centered
  16. Lack of motivation
  17. Truancy


WHY DO KIDS USE DRUGS?

The tendency of parents is to blame outside influences for the use of drugs by their kids. Although things like peer influence, lack of school supervision, media, television, music, etc., can be powerful contributing factors, the choice factor on the part of your teen cannot be ignored. They are more than victims of circumstance and must at least partly be held accountable.

Your kids describe the following reasons that they make a choice to use drugs:
  • They want to fit in and be part of the group
  • To rebel against adult authority
  • To escape their problems
  • To hide their feelings of inadequacy or low self-esteem
  • The thrill and excitement of taking a risk
  • Wanting to feel all grown up (Can you believe this one?)

THE GATEWAY TO DRUGS

Most teens don't begin with hard drugs like cocaine crystal meth or heroin. Most usage begins with drugs that are easily accessible in the adult population and are legal like nicotine and alcohol. Frequently, this begins with easy access in their home or homes of a friend or family member. Tobacco and alcohol are blamed by many experts to be the gateway or path to more serious drug abuse. Teens recognize the general health hazards of smoking, yet often their willingness to take that risk becomes and easy link to trying alcohol. After demonstrating they are risk takers, the natural next step is marijuana. From there it becomes a deadly downward spiral toward other drugs and the destructive behaviors that accompany them.

Why do kids use drugs ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR

No matter what drug is involved, the disease of addiction appears to follow a predictable course.

Typically, the user begins out of some kind of level of curiosity. If the initial experience produces pleasurable results, the individual will more than likely move on to recreational use with friends at parties or on weekends. They generally come to enjoy the drug more and more which lead to an inevitable increase in usage often during the week and on a regular basis.

Soon their lives become centered around getting the drug and finding more opportunities to use it. This begins to interfere with relationships, school, work, and other formerly productive areas of their lives. By now the drug dependency/addiction are in control and the individual is unable to function without the drug. If there is not yet a physical addiction, there is most certainly a psychological dependency upon their drug of choice. If for some reason, the drug become inaccessible, they will then resort to whatever it takes to obtain the drug. e.g sexual favors, stealing, drug-pushing, etc.

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