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Continuum of Substance use and Abuse - A road map to parents

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF TEENAGER DRUG OR ALCOHOL USE

Behavior

  • Change in overall personality
  • Hidden stashes of alcohol
  • Moodiness, irritability, or nervousness
  • Sudden oversensitivity or resentful behavior
  • Secretive phone calls, texting or instant messages
  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talking

Personal Appearance/Habits

  • Poor hygiene
  • Messy, careless appearance
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Concealed marks or lines on arms or legs
  • Chewing gum or mints to cover up breath
  • Smell of smoke on breath or clothes

School

  • Drop in grades
  • Defiant of authority or complaints from teachers
  • Truancy or loss of interest in schoolwork
  • Loss of interest in school activities, hobbies, or sports

Family/Friends

  • Withdrawal from family members
  • Disengage in family activities
  • Change in friends; secretive about new friends

Health

  • Sweatiness
  • Depression
  • Sores, spots around mouth
  • Dilated pupils or bloodshot eyes
  • Inability to sleep or unusual sleep patterns
  • Runny nose, not caused by allergies or a cold
  • Unexplained nosebleeds, nausea or vomiting

Home

  • Locked bedroom doors
  • Frequently breaks rules and curfews
  • Missing household funds or valuables
  • Excessive need for privacy; unreachable
  • Increased use of air fresheners, scented candles, or incense

Money Issues

    • Unexplained need for money
    • Not able to account for spending
    • Found cheating or stealing

 

All information from Paula Mercucci, LSW, Type 73, CADC
Individual, Couples and Family Therapist  at the the Family Service Center
Direct Line (847) 920-5011
3545 Lake Avenue, Suite 200   Wilmette, IL.

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