Is Your Teen Chemically Dependent?
If you answer “yes” to any two of the following questions, there is a possibility that your teen is developing a problem with alcohol or other drugs. If you answer “yes” to three or more questions, chemical use is probably causing serious problems in your family.
- Has your child’s personality changed noticeably? Does he or she have sudden mood swings and unpredictable behavior?
- Does your child seem to be losing old friends and spending time with a new group about whom you know little or who are known as a party bunch?
- Is your child unable to account for large sums of his or her money, or have you had objects or money mysteriously disappearing from your home?
- Does your child defend his or her right to drink?
- Is your child reluctant to talk about alcohol or other drugs?
- Does your child drive irresponsibly?
- Does your child lie about drug or alcohol use as well as other activities?
- Have you ever found paraphernalia (rolling papers, baggies, small spoons, roach clips, capsules), bottles, or beer cans in his or her room? Did your child explain it away when confronted?
- Has your child lost interest in his or her physical appearance?
- Has your child admitted to trying alcohol or other drugs “just once” while denying any regular use?
- Are you hearing rumors about your child’s partying, goofing off, or drinking?
- Has your child been cutting classes?
- Do you as parents conceal from each other information about your child’s behavior?
- Is your child suddenly less responsive? Is he or she losing interest in school work, athletics, extracurricular activities, family, job, and/or previous interests? Are grades dropping (not necessarily from A’s to D’s, but from B’s to C’s)?
- Do you detect any of these physical symptoms: excessive fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns, chronic cough, chest pains, “allergy” symptoms, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual cravings for sweets, red eyes, dilation of pupils?
- Have your child’s relationships with other family members deteriorated?
- Are there signs of apparent emotional or psychological problems such as depression, loneliness, paranoia, or withdrawal?
As published in Love First, by Jeff & Debra Jay. Reprinted with permission of Substance Abuse Community Council of Gross Pointe from the pamphlet “How Do I Know? Where Do I Go?”