Substance Abuse Symptoms in Teens

substance abuse symptoms in teens Did you know that teenagers who abuse drugs and alcohol are more likely to become addicted than adults? This is because our brains still aren’t fully developed and it’s harder for us to control our impulses at this stage, not to mention peer pressure that runs high during these important growth years. As a result, it’s even more important for parents of teens to pay attention to their behavior and watch for substance abuse symptoms.

Common Teenage Substance Abuse Signs

When you’re keeping an eye out for these symptoms, it’s important to remember that many of them may not have anything to do with substance abuse on their own. You don’t want to accuse your teenage son or daughter of doing drugs just because they stay out too late, for example, but when combined with some of the other symptoms typical of teen substance abuse, ignoring their curfew is a potential sign that they may be drinking or doing drugs. What are common substance abuse symptoms to watch for?Read more:


In order to hide their behavior, many teens with substance abuse problems have no qualms about lying. Even after they are caught, many will continue to lie and come up with even more complex stories in order to attempt to cover up evidence.

Making excuses

When teens can’t lie and hide anymore, often the next step is to make excuses for their behavior. “My friends made me do it.” “I was stressed about finals.” The list goes on and on. Ultimately, the reasons for their substance abuse don’t matter that much unless they is connected to psychological issues.


Isolating themselves

Many teens go through stages where they have no interest in hanging out with their families, and some will even pull away from their friends from time to time. But when they engage in this kind of behavior for long periods of time, it’s usually a sign that there is a deeper psychological issue or that they’re sinking deeper into substance abuse, or both.

Becoming abusive

As substance abuse symptoms go, this is another one that may or may not be a sign. After all, teenage bodies and brains are going through all sorts of changes that can alter their moods and cause them to lash out without provocation. However, if your previously sweet teen suddenly starts yelling and fighting and the “mood” doesn’t go away, it can be a sign of drug use.


Is your teen having trouble sleeping? It’s doubtful they’ll come right out and tell you this, but if you start to notice them getting up often at night or coming down for school in the morning with heavy bags under their eyes, this may be an indicator. Sleeplessness can be related to many things—including the effects of a number of illicit substances.


You might not think it possible of your teen, but if you catch them stealing—especially from you—keep an eye out for other substance abuse symptoms. Addicts can become desperate for their fix after a while and they could possibly take money from your purse or wallet without your permission in order to buy the drugs they need.

If you notice some of these signs, try to detect patterns or keep an eye on your teen – he or she may just be going through typical teenage changes and behavior, or they could be developing a more serious problem that could result in addiction for which they may need to seek treatment.Source: Medicine Net

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