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Signs that your teen is using

The ages of a child from 12 to 21 can be both wonderful and difficult for parents. Hormones, drama, mood swings and the emotional roller coasters can often make it difficult for a parent to know if a change in their teen’s personality is just a phase or something to be alarmed about. Constant monitoring and engagement in your teen’s life is key to preventing or recognizing alcohol use and addressing it early on. Even when your teen acts like you’re an over-protective and annoying parent, stay involved, know their friends and be in-tune to their activities on a daily basis.

Warning signs of teenage alcohol and drug abuse may include:
  • Physical: fatigue, repeated health complaints, red and glazed eyes
  • Emotional: personality change, sudden mood changes, irritability, irresponsible behavior, low self-esteem, poor judgment, depression and a general lack of interest.
  • Family: starting arguments, breaking rules or withdrawing from the family.
  • School: decreased interest, negative attitude, drop in grades, frequent absences, skipping school and discipline problems.
  • Social problems: new friends who are less interested in standard home and school activities, problems with the law and changes to less conventional styles in dress and music.
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