Identifying and Preventing Teen Alcohol and Drug Use
TEENAGE ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE
Many parents are not aware just how easily a child can get illegal drugs and may not realize how young kids are when they begin to experiment. This is not just with drugs, but alcohol also, which is considered a drug.
Statistics have alerted parents to the dangers and need to be heeded before you find out your child is actually using. Parents should speak with their children early on about drugs and the dangers of the substances out there and how easily a child can fall into abuse or become hopelessly addicted.
Alone with talking to your child about the dangers of drugs, you need to also work with your child on a strategy to keep a child from falling into peer pressure.
It is not too early to talk to a child when you think this could happen, same as you would discuss about the dangers of talking to strangers.
This website will give you some insights and will help you identify when you child may be using and you may not know. Thanks for the visit and
PREVENTION OF TEEN DRUG USE
For many years, I was employed with a Juvenile Corrections agency, working with "At-Risk" youth. Many children in that agency came from broken families and single-parent homes. Some families, in this economy, are forced to send both parents to work to maintain their homes. This has created a severe disconnect with raising children and parental support. Youth tend to sway towards their friends and are easily influenced by them, whether positive or negative. While I worked in a facility that had the severest cases, there are many other parents that struggle with their youth.
One question that I was asked many times was, "How do I identify if my child is on drugs?". With all of the new street drugs today, the symptoms of a person using these drugs is diverse.
This website attempts to assist a parent in identifying if your child is using drugs. It does not substitute for any professional counseling methods and is not foolproof. I am hoping that this information will help guide you in the right direction.
Always seek professional advice if you truly suspect drug use by any member of your family.
TEEN ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE - HOW TO IDENTIFY IT AND HOW TO PREVENT IT
- CHANGING THE DRINKING CULTURE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Keg parties and get-togethers at bars have become the norm at many colleges. Much too often, otherwise sensible young people engage in dangerous drinking activities because of peer pressure. A change in the culture requires intervention at 3 levels.
- PARENTS CAN LEARN TO SPOT TEEN DRUG USE AND TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT IT
Even if you're almost 100% sure that your teenager is not drinking or using drugs, statistics show the majority of teenagers have used. Do you know the signs?
- HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD ACOHOL FREE TODAY - 6 EASY THINGS YOU CAN DO
You have more influence over your children than you may know. Here are 6 ways to help your child stay alcohol free.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION TIPS
SOME HELPFUL RESOURCES FROM AMAZON
SIGNS OF TEEN ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
Parents might observe the following behaviors in a child who is using alcohol or drugs. Click on the links below to see a specific example of this type of behavior.
- Sign: Shool work has declined; grades suddenly slipping or dropping dramatically
School work has declined; grades suddenly slipping or dropping dramatically
- Sign: Missing School
Missing school (skipping secretly or too "tired" or "sick" to go)
- Sign: Mood Changes
Mood changes (irritable, crying jags)
- Sign: Dropping Out of Usual Activities
Dropping out of usual activities (music, sports, hobbies)
- Sign: Physical Appearance Changing
Physical appearance changing (poor hygiene, unusual style changes)
- Sign: Change in Friends or Peer Group - Won't Introduce New Friends
Friends suddenly change; doesn't introduce new friends
- Sign: Money or Valuables Missing
Money or valuables missing from parents' purse, from home
- Sign: Furtive or Secretive Behavior
Furtive or secretive behavior (e.g., bedroom door locked and takes long time to answer)
- Sign: Hostile or Aggressive Behavior - Afraid of Your Teen
Hostile, aggressive outbursts
- Sign: Seems to Have Lost All Motivation
Seems to have "lost" motivation
- Sign: Forgetfulness or Poor Short-Term Memory
- Sign: Change in Sleeping Habits
Unusual sleeping habits (changing over time or dramatic change)
- Sign: Depression
- Sign: Anxiety
- Sign: My Child Just Doesn't Seem Right
My child just doesn't seem "right"