No parent wants to believe that their child could be addicted to drugs, but the truth is that teen addiction is a real possibility. Even kids that have previously been well-behaved, polite, focused, and happy can find themselves in trouble with drugs. Addiction in children and teens can be highly disruptive to the family dynamic and a source of grief for all involved. The good news is that there is help for children struggling with drug use and addiction. First, parents and caregivers need to learn how to spot the signs that a child could be addicted to drugs. At Liberty Health, our team of counselors, therapists, and addiction professionals can help families identify when drug addiction treatment is necessary.
What Are the Signs of Addiction in Children?
Like with adults, the signs and symptoms of substance use and addiction can vary depending on what substances are being used. However, here are some commonly-reported signs of addiction in children:
- Red, watery eyes or changes in pupil size
- Items going missing from the home, including prescription medicine
- Issues with money, money being “lost” or “stolen,” or suddenly having unexplained cash
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and activities
- Frequent lying or secretive behavior
- Unexplained illness or excessive sleepiness
- Uncharacteristic behavior such as hyperactivity or clumsiness
- Dramatic changes in appearance and poor hygiene
What Should I Do If I Think My Child Is Addicted to Drugs?
The first step is to ask your child directly whether they are using drugs or drinking. It is important to communicate that your primary concern is their health and safety, not to punish or judge. Even if your child does not want to talk about the issue or doesn’t admit that they are using drugs, keeping the lines of communication open between you and your child is important for building and maintaining a trusting relationship in the future.
Another thing that you can do if you are concerned that your child is using drugs or is addicted to drugs is to arrange an assessment with a counseling center, a drug detox center, or a rehab center that focuses on young people. Consulting a licensed professional drug counselor can help you gain valuable perspective and receive advice from someone with experience in dealing with young people struggling with drugs and addiction.
What If My Child Needs Drug Addiction Treatment?
If your child is struggling with addiction, drug addiction treatment programs can help. Depending on your child’s needs and the opinion of drug treatment professionals, a treatment program can be either inpatient or outpatient. If your child is in active addiction, they may also need to attend a detox program where medical professionals and counselors will help them go through drug withdrawal.
If your child needs drug treatment, remember that the most important thing you can do is support them in their recovery. It can be painful as a parent to realize that your child has a problem with drugs, and your child may even be angry and defiant, but they need your love and help now more than ever before. Educating yourself about drugs, addiction, and young people’s issues can help you become a vital support person for your child that will help them as they heal from addiction.
Discover How Liberty Health Services Can Help
If your child is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, reach out to Liberty Health Services at 855.689.5685 today. Located in Derry, New Hampshire, we are committed to guiding our clients and their families on their path to recovery. Our caring and compassionate staff can answer your questions and tell you how we can help. Contact us at 855.689.5685 and start the healing journey now.