PHYSICAL/EMOTIONAL Unexplained extreme mood swings. Changes in dress or appearance.
FAMILY/HOME Ignores curfews and other house rules. Withdraws from family activities.
SCHOOL Sometimes grades are affected, but not always, especially in early stages of use. Fails to complete work on time. Misses excessive time from school. Sleeps in class.
SOCIAL Loses interests in hobbies. Sometimes changes in friendships occur. Becomes secretive.
FINANCIAL Steals money or objects from family and friends. No tangible evidence of how money is being spent.
LEGAL Runs away from home. Increased involvement with the police.
S I G N S & S Y M P T O M S
Listed below are some possible signs that your teen may be using alcohol or other drugs. As a parent or caregiver, you know your child best. Follow your gut instinct and don't wait if you suspect there may be a problem. Visit our community resource page to see local resources available. Your child's school also is a great resource as they have counselors on staff to help students.
D R U G F A C T S H E E T S
A D D R E S S I N G
T H E P R O B L E M
CHOOSE A GOOD TIME TO TALK
Have a calm relaxed conversation.
Allow everyone to speak without interruption.
People will be more willing to talk when there is respect.
AVOID DEBATE MODE
Try not to make the other person feel like they are being attacked.
Give the person speaking your full attention.
CONFLICT IS NATURAL
Conflict is an opportunity for growth.
SEEK PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE
Don't hesitate to reach out for help if you think you need it. There are resources on this website. Your child's school may be a good source of assistance as well.