My thanks to Scott Brand for this guest post on recognizing teen marijuana addiction. Taken one by one, some of these signs may appear to be typical teenage behaviors, but use these signs with an open mind and to be aware of patterns.
For a lot of these signs, the key can be if you’ve noticed a CHANGE in these behaviors. It can be hard for parents to face and accept tough issues in our kids but they need us to advocate for them if they get on a troubled path. In the news today, Real Pot Use Up Among Teens.
Guest Post by Scott Brand
Do you know the signs of teen marijuana addiction? Do you know what to do if you suspect your teen is addicted?
Marijuana is also referred to as cannabis, or weed, grass, pot, dope, ganja, Mary Jane and countless other slang terms. Whatever the term, marijuana has been hypothesized by some researchers to be a gateway drug that leads to more serious teen drug abuse. Marijuana is the most often used illegal drug in the United States.
Ten Early Warning Signs of Teen Marijuana Addiction
Teens become secretive: If you ask them how their day was they often reply with one word answers. Teens may not want you to even know where they have been.
Teen marijuana substance abuse users start hanging out more outside of the home: Your teen, who was once a fixture in the household is never home anymore. He or she always has something to do outside of the house and they provide little detail about where they are going.
Teens do less with the family: The days of having your teen attend any of your popular family outings like camping trips, short vacations, or reunions are now a distant memory.
Some teens spend less time with their family when they use marijuana.
Aloof: If they do spend time with the family, there’s a kind of a strangeness to them. They become distant and less interested in other members of the family.
Unclean bedrooms: Their rooms aren’t being kept up anymore. A once tidy room is now a pig stye. Clothes are strewn all over the floor, beds are no longer made on a regular basis or perhaps not at all.
They’re not as meticulous about the way they look: Their clothes are disheveled and dirty. They shower less often and little things like their cuticles are not maintained.
They use eye drops like Visine to take the red out of their eyes: If you find a bottle of eye drops in your teens clothes while doing the laundry, you have real cause for concern. Healthy teens don’t often need eye strain medication.
You find drug paraphernalia in their room: Items in the form of rolling papers, pipes, a bong, roach clips are common-place when your teen is smoking marijuana. Drug paraphernalia is a pretty good indicator of a problem, and once teens acquire drug taking accessories, you can be sure they’ve passed the initial experimentation stage of use. They are not holding these things for friends.
Teens often hide drug paraphernalia in their room.
A sudden drop in academic performance: If your teen’s grades have begun to slip, there is a chance it is related to marijuana use. Research has shown much about marijuana’s negative effects on attention, memory, learning, and motivation.
Change in friends: When long-time friends of your teen, those who share the same values such as family and school, are seen less frequently and new ones, who look like trouble finds them easily, come into the picture, this may be a tell tale sign.
What can parents do if some or all of these signs of teen marijuana addiction match your child?
Parents should not be afraid to check their teen’s knapsacks or any other personal belongings that can reveal marijuana use. The same goes for the computer. A spot check of your teen’s social media profiles like Facebook or Instagram are perfectly acceptable. This applies to emails as well.
If all else fails and your child has ventured down a dangerous path that appears to be irreversible, it may be time to start searching for teen marijuana rehabs.
About Scott Brand:
Scott Brand works in the outreach department of Inspirations for Youth, one the nation’s leading Teen Adolescent Addiction Treatment Centers. He spends his time talking to the teens about their inspirational stories of recovery. He also performs the same duties for the Cove Center of Recovery.
In the next few months, Inspirations for Youth and Families will be reporting on the early warning signs of teen drug abuse. Each week they will explore a different drug that is currently being abused by teens and provide parents with helpful information which may assist them in detecting potential red flags.
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