Are you concerned that your child might be abusing drugs? And you might not be sure what to look for. Some parents get confused between teenagers shifting their performance and personality which is normal, with abusing drugs. Addressing issues earlier is easier and affordable for parents. Below are some of the ways to help you know if your child is abusing drugs.
1. Becomes more secretive and protective of their space
Your child tends to be a bit secretive and protective of their space. They want to lock themselves in their rooms. Here are some of the things to look out for; stealing, missing school or work, avoiding eye contact, and going out at night for long. They try to avoid direct contact with their family members and sometimes friends. They always want to be alone. Their personality shifts often. It is good to pay closer attention to your child to come up with a conclusion if your child is abusing drugs or it’s just a part of growing up.
2. Poor performance
One of the ways to know if your child is abusing drugs is if they drop their grades in school. When a child is using drugs, they tend to lose concentration in school. Their concentration in school is overtaken by drugs, and this leaves them performing poorly. Additionally, drugs make one drowsy and always feeling fatigue. The child performs poorly because he/she often encounters these side effects.
3. Change in their appearance
Another way to know if your child is abusing drugs is if there change in their physical appearance. Well, physical changes depend on what substance your child is using. Here are some of the physical changes to look out for; Bloodshot eyes, the cheeks tend to be flushed, body shaking or tremors, Running nose, and licking lips. You can also use your nose to smell after they come home or out of their rooms. It will be very easy and fast for you to note these changes in your child.
4. Improper spending of their finances
When your child is always asking for money and cannot account for it, then there is a call for alarm. Maybe your child might be working, but he/she spends the allowances irresponsibly. Even if it’s their money, you as a parent have a right to know how their funds are being spent.