When it comes to having a teenager there can be a lot of things to be on the lookout for. When they start high school they are exposed to a new world of temptation, and exposure to peer pressure. It is important to know the signs to notice that may indicate that they are getting into things like drugs.
You should always know the signs to look for so that you avoid the risk of not noticing what to look for before it’s too late. There is a fine line between teenagers experimenting with risky behavior and falling into the grips of addiction. Here are some of the most telltale signs to look for that your teenager may be doing drugs.
They Are More Reclusive
If your teenager is spending more time alone than usual and avoiding conversation with the rest of the members of your household, you should try to explore what the motivation for doing so is. It is important not to immediately jump to conclusions and assume that they are up to the worst. When you do this you are breaking the barrier of trust. If they aren’t getting into trouble, they may feel attacked for no reason.
Make sure that you maintain a level of respect while also taking on your responsibility as a parent of keeping them safe. This means looking out for any paraphernalia or things which might indicate the use of drugs and alcohol but not make it obvious that you are invading their privacy.
Their Appearance Starts To Change
If you notice a change in weight or their face is gaunt, this could be a sign of drug use. The symptoms and signs can change from person to person, however, this is one of the most common signs. Additionally, you should look out for slurred speech, red eyes, or the smell of marijuana.
If you start to notice physical changes which indicate drug use, try to approach the situation calmly, and rationally. Remember that it is important not to come at them too aggressively or in a condescending way. Encourage honesty and you will have more success in your confrontation.
They Are Secretive
If you notice that they are hesitant to answer any questions about where they’ve been or what they are up to, this may be an indication that they are hiding something from you.
Try to press for more information if you can without causing them to shut down emotionally. You may notice that the more you press, the more closed they become, so try to practice speaking gently and building a level of trust so that they don’t feel like they are being cross examined in a court of law.