Tampa Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment

When it comes to substance abuse, parents sometimes think of their children as naturally experimental, even telling themselves that experimentation is healthy. The truth is that the variety and potency of drugs commonly available to adolescents today pales in comparison to those available even just 10 years ago. These new, stronger, easily accessible drugs create unprecedented risk for teens and adolescents.

As a parent, you have a significant impact on your child’s decision to engage in alcohol and other drug use. Staying informed of drugs trends, keeping your child informed, and setting clear expectations around drug use are highly effective strategies for mitigating the problems of substance abuse.

Bear in mind that the brain is not fully developed until an individual is roughly 21-25 years old. As a result, the more exposure a child has to substance use at an early age, the greater likelihood of long-term brain changes that could lead to addiction and dependence.

     
     
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    Signs that a child may be experiencing substance abuse issues:

    • Peer group changes
    • Grades declining, skipping classes
    • Strange behavior in class or at home (sleeping at odd times, giggling a lot, etc)
    • Significant increase or decrease in energy
    • Getting in more fights with family/siblings
    • Bloodshot eyes; constricted or dilated pupils (depending on the substance used)
    • Using all money from allowance, lying, stealing

     

    Want to learn more?

    Future blog posts will include:

    Practical Guide to Current Drug Trends.

    Drug Abuse Prevention Strategies.

    Discover How Co-occurring Disorders Can Play a Part in Substance Abuse.