Emotional & Behavioral Signs of Addiction
As it stands, adolescents, teenagers and young adults go through a range of emotional and behavioral changes as they grow and mature. However, there is a major distinction between growing pains and substance dependency. If you believe your child might be struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, keep an eye out for the following emotional and behavioral warning signs:
- Your child has been spending more time isolated and alone, and might be locking their bedroom door or avoiding old friends.
- You regularly catch your child in a lie.
- Your child seems to have experienced a sudden decline in motivation and energy levels.
- Your child has recently experienced significant changes to sleeping and/or eating patterns, and might appear tired or disoriented throughout the day, sleep strange hours or experience weight loss or weight gain.
- Your child experiences a sudden decline in grades and shows up late to school or accrues more absences than normal.
- Your child stops paying attention to their personal appearance and personal hygiene, and might appear disheveled and wear the same clothing for several days in a row.
- Your child regularly steals money from your purse or asks for money more often than normal.
- You have noticed medication missing from the medicine cabinet.
- Your child acts defensive and experiences angry outbursts, especially when substance use is brought up in conversation.
If you have noticed a combination of physical, emotional and behavioral warning signs, it is a good idea to reach out for guidance on which steps to take next. At Guardian IOP we have ample experience helping young adults who have been struggling with addiction. Many of our staff members have helped their own loved ones through the recovery process, allowing them to come from a place of experience, understanding and compassion. today to learn more about which steps to take.
Paraphernalia Can Be a Sign of Addiction
If you believe your child has been struggling with a substance use disorder, it is a good idea to be on the lookout for certain types of paraphernalia. If paraphernalia is being used you might find it stashed away in personal belongings or hidden throughout your child’s bedroom; in bedside table drawers, bathroom cabinets or in the back of closets. If you do find a piece of drug or alcohol paraphernalia, avoid confronting your child right away. Instead, to a professional for advice on what steps to take next.