After several months of summer vacation, the time has come for your child to go back to school. It can be difficult for most children to get back into the swing of things and the routine that school entails. Waking up early, going school all day long, attending extracurricular activities, and completing homework can be very taxing. This is why it is so important for your child to be performing at his or her peak. Their performance can be greatly hindered if they become addicted to drugs.
Summertime comes with freedom and lots of peer interaction outside of adult supervision. Along with that comes peer pressure to fit in, which may include using drugs and alcohol. Drug addiction can even severely affect a child’s future potential. It is important to address the issue as soon as possible, but how can you tell and what can you do about it?
Signs of Drug Use & What You Can Do About It
Before you can address your child’s drug addiction, you must first notice it. Many parents misattribute drug use to a child being in a “phase” or simply being a “teenager”. While that is understandable, there are several signs of drug use that stand apart from average teenager behavior:
- Depression or overexcitement
- Sunken in face and bloodshot eyes
- Constantly asks for money for various “needs”,specifically cash
- Leaving at unusual times of the night and appearing generally suspicious
Once you recognize these or similar behaviors in your child, you must act quickly.
First, talk to your child. While many children will be avoidant or lie to you about their drug use, not all will. It is possible that they are depressed, hurting, and know what they are doing is wrong, but want your help. They may just admit it and even ask for help. If they do not, it is time to make them understand that you will not accept a drug addict living in your home.
In both cases, it is vital to get them into a treatment center ASAP. Neither you or your child are equipped with the proper tools to cure your child of drug addiction.
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