Adolescent - Signs of substance abuse in adolescents

Do you suspect that your teen is abusing drugs and alcohol? If so, look to Touchstone Recovery Center in Fresno, CA. The therapists, counselors, and psychologists at Touchstone Recovery Center have extensive experience working with teens and adolescents to overcome addiction. We have over 15 years of experience working with teens and have a deep understanding of how drug addiction starts and the steps to take to help a teen overcome it. We have a structured program that works to keep people accountable and focused, to give strength and hope every day. Adolescents are not alone in this, and we are here to guide them on the pathway to healing so that they can thrive in all areas of their lives. 

Indicators that an adolescent is abusing drugs or alcohol

An alcohol or drug addiction can alter a teen's behavior, emotions, and thought process. As a parent, friend, or loved one, if you suspect that the teen in your life is struggling, it can help to know what to look for to get them the treatment they need. An alcohol or drug addiction can change the appearance of someone, their behavior, and emotions, making it difficult for them to navigate day to day activities. When you know what to look for, you can determine if there is an issue and take the necessary steps to get them help. There are several signs and indicators that a teen is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Below, we list a few of the symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction in teens.

  • Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed

  • Missing school or work

  • Poor hygiene

  • Dropping old friends for a new group

  • Acting sad, aggressive, or angry

  • Mood swings

  • Excessive sleeping 

  • Breaking the rules or acting out of character

  • Sudden weight loss

  • Bloodshot or watery eyes 

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