As a parent, having a child who is addicted to drugs is devastating. In addition to the immediate concern for the health and well-being of your offspring will come the inevitable self-doubt and wondering whether or not you could have foreseen the problems that your teenager is facing. It is a fact of life that most teenagers will be exposed to drugs whilst growing up, with many taking their first steps towards drug addiction as a result of peer pressure.
Although the teenage years are fraught with change, mood swings, and surly behaviour, there are a few telltale signs to watch for. A declining interest in activities that your child once enjoyed, or unexplained changes in school performance could indicate that your child has a drug addiction problem. If your child suddenly changes his or her circle of friends whilst becoming incredibly secretive about the new group, this could also be an early sign of drug use. Mood swings over and above the usual teenage hormones could also be an indicator.
Unless your child has admitted to themselves that they have a problem, they are unlikely to succeed with any kind of intervention. Your role in the process is to provide guidance and support. It is important to listen to your child’s problems and help him or her find solutions. A discussion about how your child’s drug addiction is affecting his or her life and future prospects will be more meaningful than a lecture about how the addiction is affecting the whole family. Teenagers and drug addiction are two things that should not, but sometimes do go together. Seek help if you have concerns.