How do I identify teen prescription drug abuse?

How do I identify teen prescription drug abuse?

 

Prescription drug abuse has become a household problem over the last few decades, and few of us are strangers to at least one person who has not abused pills found in a drug cabinet. But how can you identify behavior which is typically hidden?

 

Identifying teen prescription drug abuse early can help prevent hard drug abuse down the line.

Identifying teen prescription drug abuse early can help prevent hard drug abuse down the line.

Behavior of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

 

Many teens who have begun to abuse drugs that are found in their own home know it is the wrong thing to do and will do anything they can to hide it from their parents. This is why behavior such as lying, avoiding eye contact, shortness of demeanor and disrespect often point to drug abuse.

 

Many may take the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach and simply start spending more and more time at friends houses or make excuses as to why they cannot be present. Though these signs do not immediately mean drug abuse, they are typical of it.

 

Excuses Teens Use to Hide Prescription Drug Abuse

 

Any parent knows their child will come armed with any excuse for their behavior if they know their parents disapprove of it. Abusing drugs that are technically prescribed brings along with it no shortage of rationalizations teenagers will use. Some that you will hear are:

 

• “But Dad, you use them.”
• “It is not like I was using Heroin.”
• “But I only took one.”
• “Aren’t these drugs legal though?”
• “A doctor wouldn’t give you something that’s bad for you.”

 

Despite even some of the validity to these statements, the dangers of prescription drug abuse are real and children need to be educated on the dangers of drugs, legal or not.

 

Educate Yourself on Addiction

 

There are many signs to watch out for when someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs. Oftentimes, when one is lost in the disease of addiction, they leave and show many tell-tale signs that point to what kind of drugs they may be using. For more information about prescription drugs and recovery, call us at (888)357-7577.