Is Your Child Using Drugs or Alcohol?

Signs to Look For If Your Child Is Using Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drugs
  • Change in behavior or grades
  • Red eyes/use of eye drops
  • Lack of motivation
  • Truancy/ tardiness from school
  • Impaired memory/judgment
  • Eating extremes
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Mood changes, irritable. Hostile
  • Disappearance of money or valuable items
  • Depression, loneliness, or paranoia
  • Burning candles or incense
  • Fatigue & loss of vitality
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Secretiveness
  • Vagueness about activities
  • Less attention to appearance
  • Chronic cough, chest pains, difficulty fighting infections
  • Drug orientated graffiti on belongings

Common Factors of Kids Who Don’t Use
  • One or more parent is actively involved in their life
  • Feel a sense of responsibility to others
  • Adults who are supportive of positive lifestyle choices
  • Little free time to become ‘bored’
  • Good self-esteem and self confidence
  • Don’t feel the need to be part of the crowd
  • Feel they can speak to their parents and be heard

How Parents Can Help
  • Realize that teen alcohol and drug usage is NOT a rite of passage
  • Make sure your kids are clear on your expectations around alcohol and drug use
  • Set rules with clear consequences
  • Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property
  • Talk to other parents when your teen will be at an event in their home
  • Keep track of the alcohol that is in your home
  • Be a role model for your child by showing responsible drinking behavior

Alcoholics Anonymous 1-800-245-1377

Narcotics Anonymous 1-800-992-0401

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