Do you think your child is using drugs or alcohol?
Many parents panic if they suspect or find out that their child is misusing drugs or alcohol. It can be frightening because of the potential risks but the best thing to do is to stay calm, talk to your child and try and find out the facts about their use.
Remember – although illegal drugs are widely available, only a very small percentage of young people actually go on to develop dependency problems.
Below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol use.
- Loss or increase of appetite, changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain
- Insomnia or a change in sleeping patterns
- Watery red eyes, sunken eyes with black rims or pupils noticeably larger or smaller
- Puffy face, blushing or paleness
- Needle marks on arms or legs
- Change in overall attitude or personality
- Moodiness, nervousness or oversensitivity
- Extreme hyperactivity and excessive talkativeness
- Change in personal grooming habits
- Change in friends and possible avoidance of old peers
- Loss of interest in hobbies, family, people or things in general
- General lack of motivation, energy and/or self-esteem
- Poorer attention span or forgetfulness
- Poorer performance at school or work
- Excessive need for privacy
- Unexplained need for money
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
It is important to state that all of the above signs and symptoms may be linked to alcohol and/or drug use. However they may just be signs of your young person just being a young person. The only way to find out is to ask carefully and compassionately. Call us on 0300 123 33 60 or email us and we can guide you through this.