As children become teenagers and start to make their transition into adulthood, they often go through a rough period where they want to push boundaries without consequence. For most teenagers, these years are the hardest of their life, between pressure from friends at school and from their parents at home, it may seem that the only way to cope is to push limits. For many teens, this involves using illicit drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, and consuming alcohol.
How to Identify Drug Abuse
It is natural for teenagers to rebel and to seem distant. It is part of them trying to grow up and become an independent person. Because of this change in attitude and personality, it can be hard to identify some of the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, yet there are several physical, emotional, and social signs that may be able to help you identify if your child has substance abuse problems.
- Changes in sleep patterns including insomnia and hypersomnia
- Changes in eating habits, weight gain, or weight loss
- Paranoia and a persistence for personal space and privacy
- Sudden mood swings
- Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability
- Slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and poor motor control
What You Can Do
If your teenager seems to be using drugs or alcohol, confronting them about it may only make the situation worse and can leave you feeling helpless and lost. One of the best things you can do for your child is to set up an appointment for drug and behavioral therapy.
In several cases, underlying issues at home, school, or even their social life can cause them to feel like they need to find something they can control. Therapy can help identify what these problems might be and how to address them safely. It can also help them adapt to a safer way to understand and cope with new problems that may arise later into their teens and early adulthood.
Contact Hope and Healing for Life today for more information on drug abuse therapy for your adolescent.