The following signs and symptoms are observed when teens are using drugs or alcohol: reduction in academic grades or attendance, poor attitude when not related to chores or basic requests, avoidance of family members coupled with isolation and withdrawal, sleep changes, mood swings, change in peer group, change in hygiene and health, missing items such as IPOD’s MP3 players, electronics and computer games as they are sold or traded for substances.
If you suspect that your child is using drugs, you should talk to him/her about your suspicions avoiding direct accusations. This talk should take place when he/she is sober or straight, and you're calm. This will show your child that you still love him/her, but you are most concerned with what he/she is doing to him/herself.
Taking time to discuss the problem without turning away from it is an important first step on the road to recovery. Most important, act fast, seeking counseling from a certified mental health professional with experience in youth and substance abuse and treatment is critical for your child and family. A parent’s quick response and treatment for the teen and family is essential. We at Inspirations for Youth and Families offer you a place for hope. If you need help with your troubled teen, we are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Please call us at 1-888-387-6237 or visit our website at:http://www.inspirationsyouth.com/