Podcast: Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drinking and Drug Use

2008-04-21 00:00

The following information is taken directly from www.theantidrug.com:

How can you tell if your child is using drugs or alcohol? It is difficult because changes in mood or attitudes, unusual temper outbursts, changes in sleeping habits and changes in hobbies or other interests are common in teens. www.theantidrug.com has comprised a simple watch list of what you should look for if you suspect your child is abusing drugs or alcohol.

You can also look for signs of depression, withdrawal, carelessness with grooming or hostility. Also ask yourself, is your child doing well in school, getting along with friends, taking part in sports or other activities?

These changes often signal that something harmful is going on — and often that involves alcohol or drugs. You may want to take your child to the doctor and ask him or her about screening your child for drugs and alcohol. This may involve the health professional asking your child a simple question, or it may involve a urine or blood drug screen. However, some of these signs also indicate there may be a deeper problem with depression, gang involvement, or suicide. Be on the watch for these signs so that you can spot trouble before it goes too far.

The internet hosts a wealth of information concerning teenage drug and alcohol abuse. Below are some of the top sites related to the matter.

Parents: The Anti Drug

Examples and general signs of alcohol or drug use

Signs of alcohol or drug abuse in teenagers

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