A Parents Guide: Warning Signs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

What to Look for:

Changes At Home

Demanding more privacy; locking doors; avoiding eye contact; sneaking around; being secretive about friends, possessions, and activities; having new interest in clothing, music, and other items that highlight drug use; having financial problems or an unexplained need for money; stealing money, valuables, or prescriptions.

Changes at Work or School

Drop in attendance and performance at work or school; skipping class; sudden change in friends; getting into fights or other trouble; dropping out of sports or other extracurricular activities; getting reprimanded at work; getting fired from job.

Changes in Behavior

Unexplained change in personality or attitude; mood swings; irritability; angry outbursts; aggression; unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness; lack of motivation; appearing “spaced out”; showing fear, anxiety, or paranoia for no apparent reason; acting uncharacteristically withdrawn or depressed.

Changes in Appearance

Bloodshot eyes; dilated pupils; sudden weight loss or gain; deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits; dark circles around eyes; stains on fingers or teeth; tooth decay; open sores on skin; slurred speech; clumsiness; changes in appetite or sleep patterns; tremors; impaired coordination.

Physical Evidence

Incense, perfume or air freshener to cover the smell of smoke; mouthwash or breath mints to hide mouth odors; eye drops to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils; pills; drug paraphernalia; smell of alcohol, lighters; ashtrays; baggies; syringes; spoons; straws

What To Do:

If you suspect your son or daughter is abusing drugs or alcohol, there is help. Pick a time to talk to them when everyone is calm and sober. Express your feelings and fears honestly in a non-threatening way, observe their explanations of the behaviors, establish firm boundaries and abide by them, seek help from a professional. Call us today if you have questions about our program at New Hope. We can help navigate the process of finding treatment options for your adult child.

Call us today at 580-928-3200 or check us out online: http://www.newhoperecoverycenter.com