How to Spot Drug & Alcohol Use

Wondering if your child is using drugs or drinking? Here are tips on how to find out – and a list of signs and symptoms to look for.  And what about searching in his room for evidence? We explore that too.

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  • Is Your Teen Using? Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

    There's no easy way to figure out if your teen is using drugs or alcohol. As you'll see, many of the signs and symptoms of teen substance abuse listed below are also, at times, typical adolescent behavior. Many are also symptoms of mental health issues, including depression or anxiety disorders.

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  • 5 Ways to Find Out if Your Child is Using Drugs or Alcohol

    Think your teen has been using drugs or drinking? Here are 5 ways to find out if your hunch is right. And remember: Even if you can't find evidence, it's important for parents to always trust your gut -- and take action by talking with your child and seeking help if necessary.

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  • Searching Your Child’s Room

    Searching your child's room should be a decision you are able to defend. If you notice any change in your child’s behavior, unusual odors wafting into the hallway from their room (like pot and cigarette smoke), smells to mask other smells such as incense or Lysol spray, or other warning signs you need to find out what’s going on behind that "KEEP OUT" sign. Your child needs to understand that the limits you set with them do not stop at their bedroom door.

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