Teen Drug Abuse Indicators

 

Drug Addiction: Recognizing the Warning Signs

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Warning Signs of Teenage Substance Abuse.

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The warning signs of teen drug use

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Teen drug use warning signs

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Teen Drug Abuse Warning Signs

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Teen Drug Abuse Don’t miss the signs of addiction

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Physical and Emotional Signs Changes friends or starts hanging out with a new crowd Smells like alcohol or marijuana (on breath or on body) Displays mood swings and erratic behavior Tends to be negative, argumentative, paranoid, confused, destructive, or anxious Overreacts to. The following behaviors in a youth might indicate drug or alcohol abuse: Mood changes (temper flare-ups, irritability, defensiveness) Academic problems (poor attendance, low grades, disciplinary action) Changing friends and a reluctance to have parents/family get to know the new friends. If your teen is in fact abusing drugs, you may notice some of these signs: Poor hygiene. Poor coordination. Teeth clenching.

Bloodshot eyes. Bruises, cuts, and sores (from falling, bumping into things, or scratching oneself). Constant scratching (a common sign of opiate use). Teen drug use warning signs for stimulants include such items as rapid heart rate and high blood pressure, seizures, excessive buoyancy, irritability, lack of sleep and paranoia.

If an adolescent starts behaving differently for no apparent reason—such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or depressed, or hostile—it could be a sign he or she is developing a drug-related problem. Parents and others may overlook such signs, believing them to be a normal part of puberty. Signs of Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse The immediate sensations associated with drinking or using drugs include relief, silliness, euphoria and happiness. Those side effects are short-lived, though. The happy feelings are often followed by headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dehydration, exhaustion and fever.

Recognizing the warning signs of teen drug abuse Be aware of possible red flags, such as: Sudden or extreme change in friends, eating habits, sleeping patterns, physical appearance, coordination or school performance Irresponsible behavior, poor judgment and general lack of interest. Some of the most common symptoms of drug abuse in teenagers include lying, making excuses, breaking curfew, staying in their room, becoming verbally or physically abusive toward others, having items in their possession that are connected to drug use (paraphernalia), the smell of drugs (for example, solvent smell of inhalants, marijuana smell) on them, mood swings, sleepless night. Identify the pill and see what comes up. Alternatively, ask your teen.

2. Odd smells are another sign. It could be a new interest in deodorant or a heady smell of marijuana-laced smoke. If you don’t know what marijuana smells like, it’s time to educate yourself.

There are lots of different drugs available to today’s teens. So while a parent may assume “glassy eyes” are the most common indication of drug use, not all drugs have that side effect. So it’s important to know about the most common warning signs that could signal your teen is experimenting with drugs.

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In the United States, initiation of substance use typically occurs in early to middle adolescence, with the use of gateway substances including cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana (Kandel, Yamaguchi, & Chen, 1992), followed by other illegal drugs in late adolescence for a portion of gateway substance users.

“Child and Adolescent Psychopathology” by Theodore P. Beauchaine, Stephen P. Hinshaw
from Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
by Theodore P. Beauchaine, Stephen P. Hinshaw
Wiley, 2010

Many types of drugs, including depressants, stimulants, opiates, opiate-like drugs, hallucinogens, volatile substances, cannabinoids, steroids, tobacco, and prescription drugs may be suspected in abuse and dependence (see Table 14-3).

“Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions” by Margaret Schell Frazier, RN, CMA, BS, Jeanette Drzymkowski, RN, BS
from Essentials of Human Diseases and Conditions
by Margaret Schell Frazier, RN, CMA, BS, Jeanette Drzymkowski, RN, BS
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

Signs of chronic drug use are rare in teens but should be both discussed with the adolescent and recorded in the chart if present.

“Principles of Addiction Medicine” by Richard K. Ries, Shannon C. Miller, David A. Fiellin
from Principles of Addiction Medicine
by Richard K. Ries, Shannon C. Miller, David A. Fiellin
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

When I believe this to be the case I ask parents to contact the parents of their teen’s closest friends and alert them to the fact that drugs or alcohol have invaded the peer group.

“The Defiant Child: A Parent's Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder” by Douglas A. Riley
from The Defiant Child: A Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder
by Douglas A. Riley
Taylor Trade Publishing, 1997

Such signs are less obvious in withdrawal from cocaine, nicotine, amphetamines, and cannabis.1,2

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from Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient E-Book
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Several unspecific signs are associated with drug abuse:.

“Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines” by Duodecim Medical Publications, Ilkka Kunnamo
from Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines
by Duodecim Medical Publications, Ilkka Kunnamo
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B: Very often we will talk to a kid on the drug scene, and he’s talking about drugs, and we suddenly realise that it’s not drugs that are affecting this kid.

“Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-war Britain” by Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson
from Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-war Britain
by Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson
Routledge, 1993

The more obvious signs available to parents are drug paraphernalia left around, cuts on the body, overly secretive behavior, spending long hours away from home, or having friends outside of one’s peer group.

“Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self-Harm” by Terry Williams
from Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self-Harm
by Terry Williams
Columbia University Press, 2017

These signs might help you identify a drug for which you do not know the

“Diversified Health Occupations” by Louise Simmers
from Diversified Health Occupations
by Louise Simmers
Delmar Publishers, 2001

Clinical symptoms of irritability, anxiety, emotional distress, sleep problems, dysphoria, aggressive behaviors, and drug craving are common during early abstinence from alcohol, cocaine, opiates, nicotine, and marijuana.

“Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1” by Peter M. Miller
from Principles of Addiction: Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders, Volume 1
by Peter M. Miller
Elsevier Science, 2013

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