Parenting teens can be a difficult and frustrating job sometimes. Many teens go through a period of rebellion where it may be hard to know what they are doing with their friends and where they are at times. Some teenagers can get involved in bad habits such as drug or alcohol abuse. It is important that you, as their parent, know the signs and symptoms of these addictions, as well as how you can help treat them if it becomes a problem.
One of the first signs you may notice is the physical appearance of your teen. Teens that are abusing drugs usually have an unpleasant smell on their body, breath, or clothing and their personal grooming habits may deteriorate. You may also notice that they frequently have bloodshot eyes or that their pupils are a different size than normal. Another thing to watch for is changes in their appetite and sudden weight gain or loss.
If you are parenting teens who are abusing drugs, you may notice some behavioral symptoms as well. As far as behavioral and psychological signs go, you should watch out for a decline in their performance at school or work. Teens who abuse drugs may ask you for money frequently and are often involved in suspicious or secretive behaviors. If you notice any changes in personality, moods, or they are spaced out a lot, your teen may be involved in drug abuse.
If you observe any of these symptoms with your teenager, it is time to get some help. The most important thing you can do is be supportive of your teen. You should show them that you are there and that helping them recover matters to you. Avoid punishing your teenager, but rather show them that you are worried about their physical and mental health. It may be a good idea to take your teen to a rehab center or get a therapist who can help them on the road to recovery.
Parenting teens may be a hard job, but if you can assist them in overcoming an addiction, you will feel the joy of helping them turn their life around.
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