This is number 2 in a 4 part article series on kids and drugs. Drug addiction is a serious affliction and the sooner it can be recognized and treated, the better chance the individual will have of living a happy, healthy and successful life.
How Can You Tell If Your Child Is Addicted to Drugs?
Spotting addiction in your child isn’t always obvious. Young people quickly adapt to hiding this behavior from their parents and changes in them will be subtle. Unfortunately, it is easy to chalk up many of the signs of a growing dependence on substance as normal growing pains of adolescence.
Some obvious signs to look for are changes in your child’s diet or sleeping patterns. Academic development may also seem to be hindered as compared to previous performance. They may begin to disregard hygiene and change groups of friends. You may also notice money or valuable property disappearing from the home. Symptoms of irritability and moodiness, lies and dramatic scenes will also become more apparent.
Many of the behaviors listed above can be expected at some point in an adolescent’s development. That is why it is important to remain diligent in your observations while at the same time taking steps that you don’t alienate your child.
If your child is struggling with addiction, drug inpatient rehab may be the answer. Getting help at the first signs of trouble can save their lives.
- Drug Addiction and Children Part 2