Adolescence is for many parents the most difficult period in the education of our children since we have stopped having control over them: they are becoming more autonomous and independent and many times the problem is not how to help them but what to help them.
One of the frequent suspicions at this age is knowing if your child uses drugs . A good diagnosis will allow you to better help him and prepare a conversation that every parent should ever have: talking about drugs with your child .
However, you should know that many of the symptoms and behavior changes do not have to be related to drug use and in most cases are due to age. Ideally, you should analyze their behavior and see how many of these symptoms match. It may be helpful to talk with their teachers or tutors at the institute or with their friends’ parents to get another view on this.
CHANGES IN THE BEHAVIOR OF A YOUNG DRUG ADDICT
Perhaps the most equivocal symptoms are those related to changes in the behavior of young people, so typical of age , but which sometimes hide something else. Unexpected mood swings, changes in friendships, little desire to attend family activities or detachment towards family members usually come almost as standard with age, although it is necessary that you evaluate the importance of them.
MANY DRUG ADDICTION SYMPTOMS ARE TYPICAL OF ADOLESCENCE
In these cases, it is best to talk to him firmly but without getting mad. Their reaction will in many cases be significant and can uncover other personality or health symptoms that reveal drug use.
CHANGES IN PERSONALITY AND HEALTH
The list of health and personality changes in adolescents are the best symptoms that can give you clues about drug use, since most of them leave no room for doubt. However, that your child does not suffer from them does not mean that he is not a drug user , since depending on the type of substances the reactions in health and personality will be different:
– Changes in sleep patterns: wakes up in the middle of the night, cannot sleep
– Frequently red and irritated eyes
– Memory failures: inexplicably forget things
– Chronic cough
– Pains or stitches in the chest
– Fatigue or excessive tiredness when doing normal activities
– Paranoia and sudden changes in mood
– Irregularities in menstruation in the case of girls
– Difficulty or changes in speech
– Difficulty walking or feeling dizzy
– Abnormal hyperactivity
In case your child presents some of these symptoms, talk about it with the school doctor or convince him to go to a specialist who will help you make a more precise diagnosis.
Another sign is the presence at home or among your things of materials related to drugs , from pipes or paper to roll cigarettes; frankincense, colognes, or mouthwashes to camouflage drug odors; drops for the eyes and dilated pupils; even material that can be used to inhale: nail polish, correction fluid (tip-ex), paper bags, cleaning utensils …
CHANGES IN YOUR ACTIVITIES
Finally, changes in the activities of the young person can be a symptom of drug addiction although, in this case too, many are typical of age. Changes in friends, worse school performance and worse grades, disinterest in class and lack of concentration, homework not done, washing less frequently, losing or gaining weight easily, change of wardrobe, different topics of conversation with friends, .. .
In short, there are many signs that can make us indicate that our son has a drug problem. My advice is to never take everything at face value, as many of these symptoms don’t have to mean anything serious. But don’t take it lightly either , letting it go through carelessness or fear can be a mistake that you will never forgive yourself. Although it is surely nothing, a conversation with him will never hurt.