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Despite all of your best efforts, there may come a time that you begin to suspect your child has a problem with substances. Many things could have led you to this conclusion including overhearing a conversation not meant for your ears, reading disturbing texts or emails or perhaps you saw some concerning material on Facebook. Maybe you’ve found some odd things in your child’s pockets including pipes, lighters, spoons, blades or safety pins. Whatever the case, something is leading you to believe that your child is on drugs. You may be wondering if you are overreacting.
While you are inclined to see drug use by a teen as a serious problem, others may say “it’s only marijuana” or “there’s nothing wrong with a little experimentation”, or some may even say “I used marijuana when I was young.” However, the world has changed and so has drug use amongst minors.
The effects of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain can be detrimental. Drug use that takes place while the brain and the body are still growing can have irreversible effects on a child’s development. Drug use also impacts your child’s social development and academic performance.
There are a number of signals that may indicate your child is using drugs or abusing alcohol. Below is a list of potential signs and symptoms to watch out for. Keep track of how many signs or symptoms apply to your child and calculate your score which indicates the likelihood that your child is using drugs.
The result of this test is not designed to be used for diagnosis or as a psychological evaluation.
6 – 9 = Most Likely
10 – 15 = Strong Likelihood
A score of six and above may indicate that your child is using drugs or abusing alcohol. Decisions made by your child during the adolescent years can have an impact on the rest of their life. Without proper guidance, your child could already be on a path of which there is no escaping. The faster your child receives treatment, the less likely these negative outcomes will be.
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