According to the National Institute of Health, drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers is a growing problem. Teenagers at risk for substance abuse include those with a family history of substance abuse, who have low self-esteem, who are depressed or anxious, or have been diagnosed with ADHD or learning disabilities.
Symptoms of Substance Abuse include the following:
- Sudden personality changes that include abrupt changes in work or school attendance, quality of work, grades, and discipline.
- Unusual outbreaks of temper
- Withdrawal from responsibility
- General changes in overall attitude
- Loss of interest in what were once favorite hobbies and pursuits
- Changes in friends and reluctance to have friends visit
- Difficult in concentration
- Sudden nervousness or aggression
- Increased secretiveness
- Association with known substance abusers
- Unusual borrowing of money from friends or parents
Other physical signs of substance abuse are: slurred speech, memory impairment, lack of coordination, and impairment of attention.
If your teenager is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, we would be happy to speak with you about our teen-specific treatment program.