If an Adolescent starts behaving differently for no apparent reason-such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or derpressed, or hostile-it could be a sign he or she is developing a drug-related problem.  Parents and others may overlook such signs, believing them to be a normal part of puberty.  Other signs include:

  • a change in peer group
  • carelessness with grooming
  • decline in academic performance
  • missing classes or skipping school
  • loss of interest in favorite activities
  • trouble in school or with the law
  • changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • deteriorating relationships with family member and friends

Through scientific advances, we know more than ever before about how drugs work in the brain.  We also know that addiction can be successfully treated to help young people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.  Intervening early when you first spot signs of drug use in your teen is critical: don't wait for your teen to become addicted before you seek help.  However, if a teen is addicted, treatment is the next step.