Signs of Teen Drug Addiction
by Dominica Applegate
As a parent, you want the best for your teens. You’re there for them, you provide for them, and you love them no matter what. The teen years can prove a bit of challenge for both the teen and the parent at times. What teen isn’t dealing with the common stresses of school and life? Trying to figure out who they are as young adults? Contending with peer pressure when it comes to alcohol and drugs?
Teens experimenting with alcohol and drugs
The truth is that many teens experiment with alcohol and drugs, and along with experimenting, some become hooked, or addicted. Oftentimes, their intentions are just to try it and “have some fun” with their friends, but before they know it, their bodies have become addicted and it’s tough for them to stop. They may not feel safe to turn to their parents for help.
Yes, as parents we want the best for our teens and we also tend to worry, especially about alcohol and drug addiction. With the more than two million teens out there who are struggling with addiction, perhaps you are wondering if your teen is one of them. Have you been noticing certain signs that he or she may have fallen prey to addiction? Have others come to you with concern?
Today, let’s take some time to look at some of the tell-tale signs that your teen may be addicted to alcohol or drugs.
Physical Signs of Addiction
- Bloodshot eyes
- Dilated pupils
- Not being able to sleep well or sleeping more than normal
- Frequent nosebleeds can be common for those snorting drugs
- Smelling like alcohol or unusual smells on their clothing
- Not willing to take care of their hygiene
- Slurred speech
- Having the “shakes”
- Waking up with a hangover often (that they may not admit to, but lay in bed all day sick)
- Having track marks on arms or legs
- Wearing long sleeves to hide marks (especially in summer)
- Burns on fingers or lips (from smoking drugs)
- Sudden weight loss