Do I have a problem with drugs or alcohol?
If you are asking yourself this question, drugs and/or alcohol are most likely interfering with your life in some capacity. You are probably confused, consumed with feelings of shame and despair. Maybe you have noticed changes in your relationships and overall sense of well being. I commend you, for it takes courage to look at your true self and be willing to break through the denial that is often associated with drug and alcohol abuse.
Check out this link for more information about drug and alcohol abuse and how therapy can help.
Is my teen using drugs?
In my work with teens, I am often asked how a parent might know if their teen is using drugs and alcohol. They may see changes in their teen's behavior, but chalk it up to normal adolescent growing pains. Although it can be confusing, there are many warning signs of teenage drug use and abuse.
Here are some signs to look out for:
- Declining grades or skipping class
- Changes in behavior
- New or secret friends
- Loss of motivation or lack of interest in activities
- Increasing social isolation
- Money or valuables may begin to disappear
- Change in physical appearance or overall health
If you suspect your teen is using drugs or drinking, start a conversation with them. It's better to confront a potential problem then ignore it thinking it's just a phase or hoping it will go away on its own. And know that you are not alone; there are resources and help available.
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