These days, especially with the heroin crisis still raging across America, it is wise to be able to notice signs of drug use in your teenager. We see in the news everyday how this can cripple individuals, and also take down families who were otherwise functioning well. You would be wise to make sure your teen does not take any prescription opiates or opioids, as this is a very common way that people, no matter what their age, get started on street drugs after getting hooked by taking prescriptions.
For more information specific to heroin, go here. If you want more information on how teens get addicted to drugs together with risk factors, go here. These are all excellent and informative articles from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Here are 5 signs that your teen may be addicted:
By the way, if you are interested in learning how to help your child (and you) participate in social media in a safe manner, also learning the pluses and minuses of social media use, go here. And if you want to learn more information about signs of drug use, go here.
Remember – better safe than sorry!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.