Teenagers are growing and changing very fast and continuously, often trying not to miss the chance to try something new. That’s totally all right for them to do and a natural part of growth. Sometimes though this means they end up experimenting with things that are not safe for them like drugs and alcohol.

They may try these drugs out because they are struggling with their slow ascent into adulthood. Too easily of course addiction can begin. This is why early childhood intervention is so important.

You may not know everything that your teen is up to, mainly because they usually want more privacy at this age. You might just think that them acting out is a part of their growing up and not drug-related. They are also skilled at being sneaky to keep things from their parents. Since they go to school and you go to work, you can’t spend all your time monitoring them.

Warning Signs That Can Indicate An Addiction

Using drugs and alcohol often have physical side effects you can’t keep hidden. Signs of addiction are very common when people are abusing drugs and alcohol, and the same goes for teenagers. Changes are ranging from social to physical to emotional, and they can be erratic.

Obviously, you should never jump to conclusions when wondering if your teen may be addicted to alcohol. These signs of addiction can be a strong predictor to whether or not they are addicted, but they are not a surefire way to know.

Signs of addiction include:

–    Changes in your teen’s physical appearance: It is not uncommon for those who use drugs to change drastically. They may become more sickly looking or stop being as hygienic. Look for changes in their eyes like them being bloodshot or heavy-lidded. Unexplained nosebleeds are often common, along with tremors or shakes.

–    Poor hygiene, changes in sleep or eating patterns, or even strange smells on their body can be a sign as well.

–    It is not uncommon to have a change in attitude that stands out.

–    Sudden mood swings may also happen.

–    Even just a lack of an ability to focus or seemingly depressed or lethargic.

–    They may suddenly have problems at school.

–    Changing friends and then hiding them from you.

–    Demanding money and not telling you what they spend it on.

–    Not enjoying what they used to like.

–    Not wanting to go out.

–    Staying home and not talking to anyone and acting secretive.

These signs need to be taken seriously, and if your teen has an addiction, they should go to either residential treatment centers or enter an intensive outpatient program for help.