Drugs, Alcohol and Your Teen
Questions To Ask Yourself If You Suspect Drug Use
Could your teen be using or abusing drugs
1. Have my teen's group of friends changed
2. Does my teen receive phone calls from people
I've never heard of before?
3. Is he irritable?
4. Is he having trouble concentrating?
5. Is he getting into fights at school?
6. Have you heard that he is falling asleep in
7. Is he cutting school a lot?
8. Have his grades fallen?
9. Is he hostile for no reason?
10. Is he giddy? Depressed?
11. Are liquor, prescription drugs, cash and
12. Is your teen unable to get along with family
members to an unusual extent?
13. Is he burning incense in his room?
14. Are his eyes red and irritated?
15. Does he use eye drops often?
16. Do you smell liquor on his breath?
17. Does he have frequent nosebleeds?
18. Does he complain of chronic indigestion or
of memory lapses?
If you've answered yes to any of the above, consult your
If Your Child Is Using Drugs
If you have determined that your
child already has begun to use drugs or drink, you and your child
need seek out help from a professional counselor or a drug and
alcohol intervention service. If he or she has not yet made such
a choice to use drugs or alcohol, you need to do the best you
can to prevent this choice.
As a parent, you cannot follow your teen everywhere, and monitor
their every move. However, there are ways that you can ensure
that your child will make the correct choices:
1) Communicate with them. Kids who have good
communication with their parents have a better chance of avoiding
substance abuse. Families with good communication talk honestly
and openly about their feelings and about such problems as peer
pressure, teen pregnancy and drugs.
2) Show your teen that you trust them. Teens
who do not use or abuse drugs usually feel that their parents
love them and trust them. They have had a say in family rules
and have been allowed to make choices appropriate to their ages
3) Don't nag them. If you constantly nag or
make unfounded accusations, your child may feel that you neither
love nor trust him. Teens need to hear you say that you worry
because you love them, not because you don't trust them. Expect
the best, not the worst.
4) Get involved. Parents should make an effort
to obtain clear, factual information about drugs and alcohol.
Written information is widely available through schools, churches,
libraries and the PTA. Read articles or pamphlets together and
discuss them as a family, if possible.
5) Pass down your values. Share your concerns
and values, but let your teen know that you believe he or she
can make responsible, healthy choices in their own best interest.
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