• Be vigilant. Watch for the signs and symptoms of substance abuse:
  • loss of interest in activities, inconsistent school performance, changes in dress and grooming, new friends that you don't like, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, alcohol, smoke or chemical odors, obvious intoxication or dizziness, sudden changes in mood or bizarre behavior, frequent arguments or violent actions, runaway and delinquent behavior, and suicide attempts
  • These are signs, not diagnoses, but you need to act promptly.
  • Teens' most common defenses are: it was my first time, all the other kids do it, I was only holding it for a friend, and it will never happen again.
  • Excuses are almost always untrue. Don't accept them. Ask questions.
  • About 1/2 of parents know of their teens' alcohol or marijuana use.
  • Less than 1/3 of parents know when their teen is getting drunk or using more powerful drugs.
  • Parents are almost never aware when teens have become addicted to drugs.
  • When your gut tells you something is wrong, consult an experienced healthcare professional right away.
  • Thank you for helping to keep teens safe.