4. Loss of weight. When a child is using drugs on a frequent basis, and particularly if he or she has been using them for some time, parents may notice weight loss taking place. “Weight loss isn’t always easy to see, so it’s also smart to look for loss of appetite or suddenly wearing baggier clothes to hide their body,” says Patout. This weight loss can come on suddenly and be quite substantial.
5. Isolation. When a child is using drugs, parents might find that he or she is becoming more and more isolated. If parents notice a child avoiding social situations or spending a lot of time alone, perhaps shut up in his or her bedroom, they should know that this could be a sign of teen drug use.
“Children are naturally sociable and want to be around their peers,” explains Patout. “If your child stops spending time with friends and has been recently spending the majority of their time alone, it is justified to be suspicious and examine what is causing this isolation.”
It is important to remember that any one of these warning signs can be caused by a number of situations in a child¹s life, such as bullying or an underlying health problem. However, if parents notice more than one of these warning signs occurring at the same time, then they need to recognize the potential for teen drug abuse.
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