Signs that your child is using drugs are numerous but often times unnoticeable because you aren't looking for them. What is truly scary is that kids under the age of the teen years are now drinking alcohol and doing drugs. You have to look for the signs when they start middle school. This is usually the typical age when children start using drugs. But they may start younger and some kids may start in their later teen years.
TEN signs that your child could be using drugs:
1. Your child's behavior suddenly changes. Don't let it
slide and ignore her rudeness, or bad behavior. Your child could change her
behavior from being very shy and quiet to suddenly becoming the life of the
party. Again, you be the judge, and don't attack her, but ask questions. Spend
some time with your child. Remember teens aren't the only ones using drugs, kids
may start as young as in third grade if the drugs are available. A child can
also access the drugs in a household from a drawer or a medicine cabinet. Be
aware of where the drugs in your house are.
2. Your child suddenly has an entire new cache of friends to hang out with.
If suddenly all her old friends are out, and strange
friends show up at your front door, chances are she could be doing drugs. When
the friends are drastically different than your child's old friends, and her
personality, it is time to investigate. Go through her backpack. Look through
her room when she is not home. Invite the friends over and do your best to
listen to them talk with your child.
3. Your child has become very secretive. She spends hours alone in
her room, or she won't let you in her room. Start showing up at school to
volunteer for what ever you can think of. Drive your child to school, offer to
pick her up, instead of letting her ride the bus home. Find out what your child
is doing during school, and who her friends are. She might just be trying to fit
in by doing drugs. Help your child adjust to a new school by helping her join
groups and activities.
4. When your child starts dressing differently and dyeing her hair, she could
be doing drugs. Or she may be going through a phase. But if she wants to dress
only in black and dye her hair black she might be doing drugs. Talk to her school counselor to see if anyone else noticed major changes with your
child. Schedule meetings with her teachers.
5. Another sign that your child may be using drugs is that he has major ups
and downs. Hormones play a huge role in this. But when this continues to be a
problem, you need to take action. A sign of drug use can be your child pacing
nervously during the time he usually is sleeping . He may be stoned when he
comes home from school. Get
your child involved with activities that he is interested in such as sports,
debate team, or another groups that he finds interesting.
6. Another sign is your child loses a lot of weight very quickly. She could
be using stimulants such as meth, or speed, that can make a person lose weight
fast. Take her to the doctor for a checkup and check her eyes. Sometimes when a
person is on drugs the eyes will tell by the iris becoming smaller or very
large. Ask your family doctor what the physical signs of drug usage are, so that
you can pinpoint them in your child.
7 Your child takes actions that are harmful such as cutting himself, or
becoming the kid that runs out into traffic. He may be abusing his body, or
getting into physical fights with other kids. Check his room, check your
medicine cabinet. Check his Internet usage, whatever it takes to help your
child, you need to take action now.
8. He becomes very depressed, or just the opposite-super happy and laughs at
everything. He could just be having hormone issues, personal problems, or be
depressed. But drugs could be playing a role. Ask if anything is wrong. Ask him
to invite friends over to your house. Have his friends over for dinner, to find
out what they are like.
9. Another sign is your child gets into trouble a lot at school. He may just
be seeking attention, but he might be on drugs. Pay attention to your child.
Take him places he likes to go to. Become the coach for his little league team
or YMCA team. This way you can have bonding time with your child.
10. A sign that your child could be using drugs is that he suddenly hates you
and your life partner, He hates you, your friends the neighbors, his life, the
dog, the cat, his room, and his little sister. Every teenager goes through a
period of self discovery, when they realize they are going to grow up to be just
like you. But that does not mean he has to hate you and everything you stand
for. He grew up in your home, he should be somewhat used to what happens
Ask his teachers if they have noticed
any negative changes in your child. Always keep the lines of communication open
with your children. Always ask how school was. Ask to help with his homework. Be
involved with your child's life. Be apart of his life. Volunteer your time,
for what he is interested in. Show up to his sporting games, and be supportive. Have dinner together as a family several times a week. Research has shown
that having dinner together keeps families together, and healthy as a family