Your teen's behavior at home will most likely be affected if he or
she is drinking alcohol or taking other drugs. The following are some questions
to ask yourself if you suspect substance use in your teen:
Many of the behaviors listed above are normal for teenagers. So it is helpful to look for changes in patterns of behavior along with any direct evidence of substance use. For example, a change in pattern might be that your teen's loss of interest in school and activities seems continuous instead of just on Monday mornings. And you might notice that your teen smells of alcohol or is now using eyedrops often.
If your teen has tried
drugs or alcohol only a few times, then talking openly with him or her about this may be all that you need to do. But if your teen
has a substance use problem, then he or she needs to be seen by a doctor, a counselor, or both.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and AddictionChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofMarch 28, 2017
Current as of:
March 28, 2017
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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