She’s changed so much, so quickly. He’s suddenly so aggressive. She’s lost weight. He’s running with a new, destructive crowd. She’s out late all the time. Valuables have started to vanish. And, someone has been rummaging through your purse. Maybe you found a pill bottle in her room, or overheard him talking about getting high with his friends. Something is wrong with your teen, and you are afraid it might be drugs.
Unless you have proof, you may question whether the changes you are seeing are the result of drug abuse, or just normal teenage behavior. There are some common symptoms of drug abuse you can keep watch for. Illegal drugs are costly. Abusers may suddenly need more money and not want to say what it is for. Addiction becomes a consuming need. Abusers may disregard things, people and activities previously important to them. Drugs can severely impact sleep patterns, keeping abusers awake for days at a time or leaving them barely able to rise and function.
Once you have determined that there is a problem, and feel that drug abuse may be the cause, the next step is to approach your child. You must be very careful to set the correct tone for this conversation. People under the influence of drugs can be prone to mood swings or anger easily. An intervention specialist at a drug abuse treatment program can be of considerable help to you in planning and handling this conversation.
At ParentResources.info, we can help you find a specialist in your area. It is vital that you express your concerns to your child and encourage them to seek treatment.
When your loved one has agreed to seek help from a drug abuse treatment program, it’s very important that you find the program that will most fit his or her needs. There are a variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment options that help people defeat addiction every day.
Apart from the physical issues of addiction, there are lifestyle changes to consider, as many teens begin drug abuse due to peer pressure. Returning them to the same school and friend environment is likely to have the same outcome. Boarding schools may provide options for teens unable or unwilling to make social changes on their own. Our ParentResources.info specialists, can help you find one that fits your needs.
The most important thing to remember is that your teen can be helped. Drug abuse can be stopped. By seeking help, you have taken a good first step. Give us a call, 24/7, for a free consultation. Contact Parentresources.info today.