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Alcohol and Drug Issues

 

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Drug and alcohol FACTS

 

Where do kids USE drugs

 

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Marijuana (Facts for Parents)

 

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COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF ADOLESCENT DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE OR ABUSE:

ILLICIT BEHAVIORS
·         Drug or alcohol use (this is not a mistake; denial often obscures the obvious signs)
·         Theft
·         Disappearance of possessions, money, clothes
·         Possession of drug-related paraphernalia
·         Possession of weapons
·         Drug- or alcohol-related posters, signs, tee shirts, etc.
·         Use of goldenseal or other OTC herbs
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
·         Marked drop in grades
·         Lack of concern about grades
·         Little or no investment in homework, studying, etc.
·         Poor concentration
·         Poor memory
·         Marked drop in classroom participation
·         General loss of interest in school
·         Excessive procrastination / avoidance
·         Frequent lates or cuts
·         Loss of interests in sports, activities, school events
·         Improved behavior and appearance of focus

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS
·         Frequent lying, and excuses that are plausible but suspicious
·         Excessive sleeping or drifting
·         Defiance of rules
·         Verbal or physical abuse
·         Mood swings
·         Excessive talking
·         Non-communicative
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
·         Change in friends
·         Change in hangouts
·         Unknown friends who avoid parents
·         Always out of the house with no particular destination
·         Secretive / suspicious phone conversations
·         Hang-up phone calls
·         Callers who refuse to identify themselves
·         Significantly older or younger acquaintances
·         Isolation
·         Argues that drug use is alright
·         Argues that teachers / parents don’t understand drug use
·         Lives day-to-day with no long term planning or commitments (apathetic)
·         Extreme avoidance of family / extended family functions
·         Use of street vocabulary
·         Demands / steals money from siblings, parents, friends, classmates


WARNING SIGNS OF PRESENT INTOXICATION
·             Smell of alcohol, marijuana, or strong chemical
·           Appears disoriented or confused
·           Excessive sleeping, inability to arouse
·           Loss of muscular coordination
·           Unexplained happiness, giddiness, laughing
·           Unexplained or uncharacteristic aggression
·           Dilated, red, or unusual eye appearance
·           Slurred speech
·           Hyperactive
·           Hyper-anxious
·           Excessive indulgence in food
 

 

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