Possible Signs of Substance Use

  • Frequent behavioral problems
  • Fatigue with a noticeable change in sleep patterns
  • Changes in friends
  • Refusing to respect curfews and other house rules
  • Isolation
  • Missing time from school, academic challenges
  • Unexplained mood swings
  • Changes in appearance
  • Defensiveness regarding actions and activities
  • Withdrawal from family activities
  • Lying
  • Losing interest in extracurricular activities

Do’s and Don’ts when talking to your kids about drugs

Do talk to them about the risk involved with using drugs in a language they understand. Don’t react irrationally – even when your child shares statements that may shock you.
Do explain why you do not want them to use substances, explain to them that drugs can mess up their motor skills, concentration, and memory. Don’t expect all your conversations discussing substance use with your children to be perfect. They won’t be.
Do take time when your child wants to talk, no matter where, or when. Don’t assume your kids know how to handle temptation.   Instead, educate them about risks and alternatives to temptation so they can make healthy decisions.
Do believe in your own power to help your child grow up without using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Don’t talk without listening.
Do praise your children when they deserve it. This builds their self-esteem and makes them feel good without using drugs and alcohol. Don’t make things up. If you child asks a question you can’t answer, promise to find the answer so you can learn together.

(reference: https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov)


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