“How do I know if my teenager is abusing drugs or alcohol?” This is a question that we are frequently asked at Teen Treatment Center. Often, it can be difficult to differentiate between substance abuse and the typical teenage mood swings. However, if the teen begins to exhibit several of the signs below, they may be struggling with a substance use disorder.
When an adolescent is abusing drugs or alcohol, their parents and loved ones may notice a change in his or her behavior, grooming habits, work or school performance and health. Some common signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use include:
A sudden change in personality
Inability to concentrate
New social circle
Increased conflict and resistance in the family
Increased need to be secretive or deceitful
Withdrawn or extreme sadness
Anger or irritability
Changes in Appearance
A lack of interest in their appearance
Poor hygiene (e.g. bad breath)
Unusual markings on their arms or legs
Their clothes or breath reek of smoke
Smell of alcohol on their breath
Dark circles under their eyes
School or Work Performance
Excessive lateness at school or work
Skipping school or work
Receiving detentions or suspensions
Loss of interest in sports, hobbies or extracurricular activities
Missing prescription medications, inexplicable need for cash and the disappearance of household items are also telltale signs of substance abuse.
If your teenager is displaying any of the behaviors above, they may be abusing drugs or alcohol. For additional information about drug and alcohol abuse, call us immediately at (844) 319-5239.
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We realize that teen substance abuse can be difficult to detect. However, if you suspect that your teenager is using alcohol or drugs, it is important to seek help from a qualified mental health professional.
At the Teen Treatment Center, we are able to properly diagnose and treat teens that are battling substance abuse. We offer a medically-supervised detox for teens who may be dependent on alcohol or drugs. Our comprehensive treatment programs can help adolescents recover from this powerful illness.
To speak with an admissions counselor about our treatment programs, contact us now at (844) 319-5239. All conversations with our admissions counselors are free and confidential. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Teen Treatment Center has been awarded the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval.