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Is My Child Using Drugs?

By Edited Apr 29, 2015 0 1

How can you tell if your child is using drugs? Unfortunately, children are being exposed to drugs at a younger age. I was exposed to marijuana in 5th grade. That was 25 years ago. Have your children been exposed to drugs? What are the warning signs? Are the warning signs simply symptoms of other issues, along with growing up in general? These are all very good questions to consider. Let's take a look at some of the ways to tell if your child is using drugs. You can also get financial assistance for dependency for your child.

The first step should always be open communication. Hopefully, you've laid a solid foundation of your expectations, and have been open to talk with your child. When it's time for the talk the first thing to ask is if they've been approached by someone to try drugs. Don't start by asking if they've used, it could be taken as an accusation. If they state that they have been approached, don't fly off the handle. If the first thing you do is demand to know who, you'll lock horns with your child. You need to work into it slowly. If your child states they've never used, thank them and praise them for using good judgment, but let them know you are willing to talk to them if they should try them in the future. Keep the lines of communication open at all times, it's the easiest way to tell if your child is using drugs.

The next way to tell if your child is using drugs, is to use your nose. Has your child suddenly taken to excessive use of cologne or perfume? Are there several air fresheners hanging in their car or bedroom? Has your child suddenly starting chewing several pieces of gum or breath mints? In general, drugs that are smoked or heated will have a very distinct smell that is hard to cover up. Some drugs, like Meth, will cause teeth to rot and decay, causing extreme bad breath. Meth can also be described as smelling like cat urine to some. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a fairly unique scent that is really hard to describe. If you have a green bean factory in the area, you can occasionally smell something that is roughly similar, but only on occasion.

If your child is using drugs, he needs to pay for them. Has your child suddenly had problems with money? Has money been missing from your wallet or purse? Are valuables missing from around the home? Don't fall into the trap of believing your child would never steal, even if addicted. Addiction is just that, an addiction. I have personally seen very good people turn into something else entirely when they battle an addiction. It can control your life. Beyond the use of drugs, you may notice that your child has more money than they should. Is he or she dealing? Don't jump to conclusions, however, there may be some other explanations.

Does your child have a sudden change in sleeping habits? Some drugs will cause an extreme high, along with extreme energy that lasts for days. Does your child stay up for long periods of time and then crash? Other drugs will cause depression and make the user very tired. Is your child simply hitting puberty, or it something more? Many teenagers sleep well into the morning, sometimes past noon. It's really not that uncommon, so on it's own, this is simply not enough to make any conclusions.

Look at your child's face. Are his cheeks bright red? Are his teeth browning? Are his eyes bloodshot, dilated, or "bouncy"? Does he have sores around his mouth? Is his hairline receding already? Different drugs cause different reactions to the skin and eyes. Cigarettes and lack of sleep can cause many of the same symptoms, so you need to use caution before you jump to any conclusions.

Has your child suddenly lost interest in activities he used to love? This could be quitting sports or writing poetry, just about anything. Often times, the desire to use the drug will outweigh the desire to do anything else. Keep in mind that this can be a sign of depression, along with a whole slew of other mental health issues.

Another warning sign of a child's drug use is severe mood changes. Does your child seem happy for several days, followed by long bouts of depression? Some drugs will cause long stages of anger or joy, it really depends on the person and what their using. Some drugs will cause a wide range of emotions, varying often as it runs through the body. Keep in mind that these are also warning signs of various mental health issues. This can also simply be a part of growing up. Like some of the other symptoms, it can also be a sign of mental health issues. Neither should be ignored.

Have your child's eating habits changed? Most drugs can cause severe weight loss as meals are substituted with a high. Other drugs, like common pot, cause the munchies. Sadly, it's tough tell if it's a conscious diet effort or not. In today's body perfection society, this can be a sign of dieting, or eating disorders, along with drug use.

To snoop or not to snoop, that's a personal choice. On one hand, you are responsible for the safety and well being of your children. On the other hand, you may decrease the level of trust your child has in you if you get caught. You must make a decision on the stand you will take. If you want to find out if your child is using drugs, it may be worth it to you.

Don't jump to conclusions. Virtually everything listed in this article are normal phases when growing up. You're looking for combinations. Use sound judgment and trust your instincts.

You can check out what many drugs look like online, there are several sites to choose from. Don't be afraid to call your local police department or sheriff office for more information as well. Many clinics and public health locations are glad to offer you any help you may need.

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Comments

Jan 1, 2010 4:05am
jpwriter
This is a great set of things to look out for with children. It's so important to be proactive because kids who get addicted will carry that throughout their life.
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