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Identifying and Preventing Teen Alcohol and Drug Use

Updated on July 29, 2013


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

God Bless!

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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.




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.


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      UIbrahim Adamu majidadii 

      4 years ago

      Thank you very much for given us update information in whatever thing we search for additional knowledge.the web is very useful to me

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      6 years ago

      Informative lens to find more information on identifying and helpful tips to find out teen alcohol and drug use. The detailed tips on signs of troubled youth drug use provide more information, thanks for sharing this informative post.

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      6 years ago

      I've never been able to work out why teens nowadays have taken up drinking, smoking, drugs et al, when they are so better educated and more aware of the effects than we ever were in the 70's etc. It is such a shame!

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      6 years ago

      This an excellent lens . . I did your Quiz and I just wanted to point out a similarity. Teenage clinical depression also carries most of the signs you presented. Depression can occur without any drug abuse or dependency issues - although there often is a genetic predisposition and trauma or life events that can trigger it (such as divorce, changing schools, loss of girl friend or boy friend and bullying - esp. cyber bullying). I shall be adding this to my lens 'Living Articles on Squidoo.' Hope it helps!

      Stay well,


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      7 years ago

      We need more lenses about this subject, great job!


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