Signs of Drug or Alcohol Abuse in Teens

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No one ever wants to suspect their teenager of doing drugs or drinking, but the fact is, illegal drug use is increasing among adolescents. You certainly don’t want to invade your teen’s privacy or make any false accusations, but determining if there is an alcohol or drug problem is the first step in getting them help. Monitor your teen’s behavior closely. If more than a few of these signs of drug or alcohol abuse are present, contact a Orange County psychiatrist about setting up an appointment:

Physical signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Frequent sickness
  • Runny nose not caused by allergies or a cold
  • Sores around the mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden dramatic weight loss or gain
  • Wetting the lips
  • Red, flushed cheeks or face
  • Poor hygiene or regular messy appearance

Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Sudden changes in relationships with family and friends
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Loud, strange behavior
  • Depression or withdrawal from social activities
  • Lack of coordination
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Secretive or deceitful behavior
  • Inability to focus
  • Truancy or loss of interest in school work
  • Drop in grades

If your teen is exhibiting some of these symptoms, contact Orange County psychiatrist Dr. Lawrence Tucker and set up a consultation. The road to recovery can be challenging, but with proper support and a safe place to talk, your teen can conquer their drug or alcohol problem and grow into a healthy, successful adult.