It may seem like a teenager developing a substance-use disorder is inconceivable. But, trust us, it’s entirely possible for a teen to have alcoholism or another disorder based around their unhealthy use of harmful drugs. What are the signs? How would you know if your child had developed alcoholism?
Ask yourself a few questions:
- Does alcoholism run in the family?
- Have you modeled appropriate and safe drinking behaviors for them?
- Are they exhibiting symptoms of alcoholism? Below, we’ll show you what to look for.
Signs that your child may have developed alcoholism:
- Drastic changes in academic performance
- The frequent smell of alcohol on their breath
- Bloodshot eyes
- Slurred speech
- Extreme fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
There may be other signs as well, unique to your child, but these may be enough for you to sit down and have an honest, open conversation with them. Instead of coming down “hard”. Sit comfortably, make your teen feel safe and that you are approachable. Ask open ended questions that may help them to open up. React without judgment and offer assistance. If they refuse, or they deny their problem, it may be time to take a firmer hand, but this is a good start.
We are here to support you in your path to prevention when it comes ot your teen and harmful drugs!