Teen Drug Abuse Warning Signs


70% of adolescents who tried an illicit drug before 13 developed a clinical addiction within the next 7 years.
Do you really know your kids?

Easier to spot than you thought

If a friend or relative is experiencing a few of these warning signs - consult a physician or therapist immediately. If there is an emergency - contact 911.


  • Becomes disrespectful? Is verbally and physically abusive
  • Is angry a lot, acts paranoid or confused, or suffers from extreme mood swings
  • Seems depressed and less out-going than usual
  • Is secretive and lies about what he is doing and where he is going
  • Is stealing or "losing" possessions he used to value
  • Seems to have a lot of money, or is always asking for money
  • Withdraws from the family and family activities

Physical appearance

  • Not taking care of hygiene and grooming
  • Not sleeping or sleeping too muchLoss of appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Too hyperactive or too little energy
  • Social Activity/School performance
  • Drops old friends and activities
  • Is skipping school
  • Loses interest in school work and is getting low grades
  • Is sleeping in class
  • Loses concentration and is having trouble remembering things

Source: www.teensuicide.us/articles7.html

Pay attention to these suicide warning signs:

  • Suicide threats, direct and indirect
  • A teen's obsession with death
  • Poems, essays and drawings that refer to death
  • Dramatic change in personality or appearance
  • Irrational, bizarre behavior
  • Overwhelming sense of guilt, shame or reflection
  • Changed eating or sleeping patterns
  • Severe drop in school performance
  • Giving away belongings

Source: www.teensuicide.us/articles2.html

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