More often than not, drug addictions start with experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good”, or to feel “normal”.
If this use begins at a young age, it can affect growing brains, disrupt schooling, derail family relationships, and damage overall heath.
Drug addiction symptoms and behavior you may see in your teen or young adult:
- Poor or declining academic performance
- Getting into conflict or trouble at school
- Losing interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Dropping old friends, changing social circles
- Acting defiant, aggressive or angry (ignoring rules)
- Sleeping more than usual
- Acting secretive
- Exhibiting physical changes like sudden weight loss, frequent nosebleeds, bloody or watery eyes, or shakes and tremors
If you recognize any or many of the above symptoms or behaviors in your teen or young adult, it may be time to consider specialized treatment.
Addiction treatment will address the symptoms of addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and chart a course for ongoing recovery. It will also seek to identify and heal the underlying reasons for the substance abuse.
If you believe that your teen or young adult’s substance use is endangering them or others, it may be time to consider a residential treatment facility. Contact me today for a free consultation.