As a family member or loved one, it can be difficult and confusing trying to guide your teen toward getting help for their drug addiction or other troubles associated with teen drug and alcohol use. Asking for help is the first step. Reach out to an addiction professional. There are many resources available in Santa Clarita.
"How Do I Know If My Teen Is Using Drugs?"
Physical and health signs of drug use
· Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
· Frequent nosebleeds could be related to snorted drugs (meth or cocaine).
· Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
· Seizures without a history of epilepsy.
· Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
· Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about- they don’t know how they got hurt.
· Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
· Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug use
· Skipping class, declining grades, getting in trouble at school.
· Drop in attendance and performance at work--loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise--decreased motivation.
· Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates.
· Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money.
· Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
· Clashes with family values and beliefs.
· Preoccupation with alcohol and drug-related lifestyle in music, clothing and posters.
· Demanding more privacy, locking doors and avoiding eye contact.
· Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
· Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities).
· Using incense, perfume, air freshener to hide smell of smoke or drugs.
· Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils.
Psychological warning signs of alcohol or drug use
· Unexplained, confusing change in personality and/or attitude.
· Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
· Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
· Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.
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