While addiction to drugs can hit individuals of all ages, teenagers are more likely to be influenced. Drug addiction is an outcome of consistent abuse of drugs which often results in more severe damages to a person’s health and social life. Parents are often more affected by the collateral damage caused by drug addiction of their own teens. It is a hard thing to spot a teen who is abusing drugs and often the addiction gets parents by surprise. This is because most of the signs of an addicted teenager are camouflaged with the biological behaviours of an adolescent.

The news that your teen is in drug addiction can be traumatizing;but figuring out this addiction can be a great relief to you as a parent, since you may help them start treatment immediately.

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So how can parents spot drug addiction in their teens? Here are some signs to look out for;

Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia are objects and accessories that are used to make, conceal or use drugs and substances. These include lighters, rolled dollar notes or papers, pipes, small razors, needles, bongs, burnt spoons, tin foils, glue tubes, and surgical masks. If you spot some of these items in your teen’s room or elsewhere within your compound, there are chances your teen is already using drugs.

Behavioural Changes

If your teen has started behaving differently, to a point that family relationships are affected, it is possible that they are into drugs. Behavioural changes are the most common changes every drug addict exhibits, especially at the inception of drug addiction. Such changes include starting up fights with siblings, moodiness, reckless driving, locking themselves in their rooms, staying out late in the night, being secretive and a sudden need to have money at all times.

These behaviours vary with different types of drugs. It is easier to spot behavioural changes in your teen if you have been in a good relationship with them.

Health Issues

Illicit drugs have their own side effects. Teens that are addicted to drugs are likely to get sick regularly as the drugs repress their immunity. If you spot some health-related signs such as regular headaches, lethargic behaviours, seizures, sudden weight loss, slurred speech, amnesia, and insomnia in your teen, then there is a high chance that your teen is a drug addict.

Academic Impediment

Drug addicts are often unable to balance school life and their craving for drugs. Regular skipping of classes, a drastic drop in academic grades, complaints of intoxications in school, and loss of interest in academics and co-curricular activities are red flags to check out for. These could be signals that your teen is engulfed in drug addiction.

Emotional Changes

Teenage comes with a dynamic change of one’s emotional status. When these emotional changes are blended with the uptake of drugs, the effects are absurd. If you notice emotional changes such as withdrawal, uncommunicativeness, anger, hostility, and an appearance of less motivation, there is a likelihood your teen is a drug addict. Such emotional changes should not be ignored.

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