Drug & Alcohol Warning Signs
Warning signs your teen is using drugs and/or alcohol.
• Changes in friends or social circle
• Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, or declining grades
• Increased secrecy about belongings or activities
• Changes in sleep patterns, insomnia or habitually napping right after school
• Irregular eating patterns
• Health issues, frequent colds, and upper respiratory infections, change in appetite, sleep difficulties, nervousness, fatigue and depression
• Overuse of incense, room deodorizer, or perfume to hide smoke or other odors
• Use of tobacco, addiction to nicotine, a gateway to other drug use
• Subtle changes in conversations with friends, i.e. more secretive, using “coded” language
• Change in clothing choices: new fascination with clothes that highlights drug use
• Increase in borrowing money
• Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
• Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories
• Bottle of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
• New – Use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol
• Missing prescription drugs – especially narcotics and mood stabilizers
• Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
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