Is My Child Addicted To Drugs?
As parents, the most important factor in the life of our children is their safety. While we may be there to monitor their day to day, there are just some things that slip just out of our reach. One of things includes the unknown world of substance abuse.
Signs Your Child May Be Using Illicit Substances
While finding the culprit is always a sure way to know exactly what your child may be experimenting with, there are also some signs that you may want to look closer into. The following indicators are important to identify:
- Your child possessing medication you are unsure of. If you are not the primary caretaker for your child and see that they may be in the possession of prescription medication, look up the markings on the pills to make sure it was prescribed to them and that it is not a designer drug. Prescription drugs are typically taken from family members and friends rather than purchased on the street.
- Odd smells. If you notice any changes in the amount of deodorant or perfume/cologne your child is wearing, look more closely into the smells of other porous items like bedding, unworn clothing, and in their car if applicable.
- Sudden changes in their grades is another great indicator. If your straight A student is suddenly bringing home Fs, you may want to look deeper into the matter.
- Last but certainly not least, changes in their behavior with family and friends. Because of the high priority placed on addiction, relationships may begin to suffer. While there are many factors that may affect your child’s desire to interact with others, often the changes are sudden when it comes to drug use.