Is My Child an Addict?

Posted in Drug Addiction

Despite knowing them better than anyone else does, parents sometimes cannot detect the signs of addiction in their children. Evaluating your child’s behavior against the signs of addiction may indicate that your child has a drug problem, so seek professional help to learn about drug abuse and to know when you should confront your loved one.

Physical Signs of Drug Addiction in Children

Parents may detect addiction in their children if those kids exude any of the following physical problems:

  • Needle marks – The rush from many drugs can be heightened by injecting the substance directly into a vein. Habitually injecting drugs could cause subtle track marks on your child’s arms or legs, which will prompt her to wear long sleeves or pants despite the weather.
  • Appetite changes – Marijuana can increase appetite while stimulants and hallucinogens suppress it, so pay attention to any changes in food consumption
  • Poor coordination – Tranquilizers and club drugs can make otherwise healthy people become clumsy, off-balance and sleepy

Parents should seek plausible explanations for any of these conditions before assuming drug abuse, but also consider that drug abuse can lead to any of these problems.

Behavioral Signs of Drug Addiction in Children

Drug addiction may lead your child to behave in the following ways:

  • Poor money management – Increased need for money with no evidence of what is being bought
  • Poor judgment – Foolish choices made even in simple situations
  • Belligerence – Unexplained hostility with others
  • School problems – Lower grades, violating rules and truancy

The normal stresses that young adults face can also cause these behavioral changes, but do not accept this as an easy explanation and move on, because addiction could be harming your child.

Social Signs of Drug Addiction in Children

Drug abuse can cause younger addicts to change socially in the following ways:

  • Dropping contact with close friends
  • Suddenly getting new friends
  • Losing interest in previously important social activities (such as clubs or sports)
  • Secrecy – A sudden and unexplained resistance to informing loved ones of social events

A young person’s friends strongly influence the choices he makes about drug abuse, but the opposite is also true. While addiction may lead your child to a new social circle, new social settings could influence him to abuse drugs. Either way, seek help to get your child clear from any dangerous drug habits.

Addiction Help for Children

If you notice signs of addiction in your child, then reach out for help to confirm your suspicions and to determine what to do next. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to discuss the signs of addiction with our admissions coordinators, who can even connect you with interventionists trained in confronting younger drug addicts. Help is available right now, so reach out for help and protect your loved one today.