It’s something that no parent wants to think about, but substance abuse among teens unfortunately happens. There are a variety of reasons they might start using drugs. It could be due to wanting fit in or feeling stress from school or home. Here are four troubling signs your teen might be involved with drugs.
A teen that’s using drugs is very likely to become withdrawn. They’ll stay in their bedroom or with friends almost exclusively. If you try to talk with them, they might purposefully avoid you. Think about how often you’re able to see your teen or have a genuine conversation with them. While teens enjoy privacy and you shouldn’t betray that trust, you should pay attention. There’s a difference between spending some time alone and spending all time alone.
Hanging out with a Bad Crowd
You can’t be around your teen 24/7, which makes it difficult to control who they associate with. If your teen’s friend group seem like bad seeds, they might be getting involved with drugs. They might start going out late at night and not coming home in time. Don’t make assumptions about people, of course. However, you should have a good idea of your teen’s friends. If you feel that they are a bad influence, you should let your concerns be known.
Drugs and academics aren’t something that can be balanced. Since addiction is so strong, your teen might use drugs as their “homework.” If you had a high-achieving teen, they might start using drugs as an escape. This might relieve their stress temporarily, but it’s extremely dangerous in the long-term. Ask your teen’s teachers about how they’ve been performing. If they have noticed a decline, you may need to take action.
If your teen’s general demeanor or actions seem “off,” you should be concerned. In order to throw you off, they might act like everything is okay. They might act unnaturally cheerful with a plastered-on smile. Teens aren’t the best liars, and you should know your teen better than anyone. If they are doing things in a sneaky or suspicious manner, they might be involved with drugs.
If you believe your teen might be involved with drug, talk with them. You can’t read minds and will only stress yourself out further if you do nothing. If they are, make sure you take it seriously and work with them to help them get clean. They may even need professional substance abuse help.