What Parents Need to Know
The following early warning signs, should not be overlooked:
- Drop in academic/work performance - Check with teachers and/or employers about your child’s performance.
- Loss of motivation/always tired - Do activities warrant your child’s behavior? Does your child have an underlying medical condition?
- Frequently finds ways to get away - Keep track of where your child is going, where he/she is going and where he/she says he/she will be. Verify activities, check text messages, e-mails, and social networking accounts.
- Money issues - Users will become very manipulative and use every excuse to get money.
- Items missing from house - Users will do anything to support their addiction, including stealing from family and or others.
- Stories that don’t make sense – Addicts lie about everything. Their stories become confusing and, often times, don’t make sense or directly contradict something they recently said.
- Storage areas - Regularly check bedrooms, bathrooms, cars, and backpacks.
- Paraphernalia – Look for foil, hollowed-out pens, hose clamps, etc. Check the odometer in your child’s car. Kids are going to and from Mexico; in some cases, several times a day.
Physical Symptoms of Use/Signs of Withdrawals:
- Extreme loss of appetite and weight
- Watery/sunken eyes
- Perpetually tired
- Poor complexion or sickly appearance
- Drowsiness/falling asleep at odd times
- Frequently sick, joint/muscle pain
- Tremors, twitching, and excessive scratching
- May appear intoxicated with no signs of alcohol use