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Detecting Teenage Addiction Early

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Are you a parent of a troubled teen? How do you take feedback from others in the community about the changes in your teen’s behavior? Are you defensive or do you simply shrug off apparent changes as part of growing up? If you are a parent, it is your duty to help your teens avoid drug addiction. To do this, it will be helpful to learn about the signs of drug addiction and make an honest observation of your child’s behavior.

Below are signs that your teen is having addiction problems:

Changes in behavior: Is your teen a little bit withdrawal lately? Does he/she want to spend more time alone today than the past months? If you have difficulty in reaching out to your teens and every time you ask, they easily shut you off- it is time to step in. Not because you’re a meddling parent, but because you are simply being a parent to your child.

Your child may also feel the following changes in behavior:

Always making sure that there is a continuous supply of drugs
Buying the drugs even if they can hardly afford it
Concealing his/her whereabouts when leaving the house
Doing things that he/she usually wouldn’t do (e.g. stealing) just to get the d
rug

Doing risky activities under the influence of the drug
Failing to stop abusing drugs in spite of deep resolve to quit
Believing that he/she needs the drug to deal with problems
Feeling the need to use the drug daily or a number of times a day
Making exaggerated efforts to keep you away from their bedroom
Suddenly turns cold or standoffish to everyone else in the house
Mood swings
Careless about personal appearance/grooming
Loss of interest in usual activities(sports/hobbies)
Physical signs: You must also pay close attention to the following physical signs of addiction:

slurred speech
strange smelling odors
congested sinuses/runny nose
blood shot eyes(marijuana)
dilated pupils(meth/cocaine/LSD)
nodding (Heroin)
short-term euphoria followed by fainting(inhalants)
skin flushing (PCP)
If you notice any of these physical and behavioral changes on your teen, contact your trusted addiction counselor or visit the nearest addiction treatment center in your area.

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