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10 Warning Signs of Drug Abuse

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Some of the items listed below may seem like “symptoms” of being a teenager, but what’s important is noting multiple changes in behavior, mood or attitude from how someone acts normally.   If you suspect something is different with your teen, start a conversation.  The following warning signs are from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Easy-to-Read Drug Facts, “Signs of Drug Abuse and Addiction.”

  • 1) Changes in mood that seem to happen suddenly, from sad to happy.
  • 2) Spending a lot of time alone.
  • 3) Loss of interest in what used to be favorite activities.
  • 4) Uncharacteristic high energy, speaking rapidly, saying things that don’t make sense.
  • 5) Strange sleeping patterns.
  • 6) Changes in personal hygiene: not bathing, brushing teeth or changing clothes.
  • 7) Acting nervous, cranky or frequently in a bad mood.
  • 8) Changes in appetite or eating patterns.
  • 9) Having trouble at school or work, or missing appointments.
  • 10) Being overly tired and sad.

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