Drug-Free Communities

How to Spot Alcohol or Drug Use:  

Mood swings and unpredictable behavior are sometimes evidence of teenage “growing pains,” but can also point to use of drugs or alcohol. Be aware of any unexplained changes and know the potential warning signs:  

  • Withdrawn, depressed, tired or careless about personal grooming

  • Hostile, uncooperative and frequently breaks curfew

  • Deteriorating relationships with family members

  • Hanging around with a new group of friends

  • Slipping grades and missing school

  • Losing interest in hobbies, sports and other favorite activities

  • Changed eating and sleeping patterns up at night and sleeping during the day

  • Has a hard time concentrating

  • Red-rimmed eyes and runny nose, but your child doesn’t have allergies or a cold

  • Household money has been disappearing.

  • You have found any of the following in your home: pipes, rolling papers, small medicine bottles, eye drops, butane lighters, homemade pipes or bongs (pipes that use water as a filter) made from soda cans or plastic beverage containers.

 Note: Some of these warning signs could also point to broader health problems, such as an emotional issue, physical or mental illness. Research suggests that as many as half of all kids involved with drugs or alcohol may be affected by mental health problems. Before you choose a course of action, discuss your observations with your child’s doctor.

 

The Partnership has developed a wide range of resources for parents and caregivers, which are available at www.drugfree.org/Parent 

11 Points for Parents to Protect Their Kids

   Be pro-active as parents to protect your kids. Prevent substance abuse. CLICK HERE.

 

 

5 Responses

  1. I encourage our youth to seek who they really are and to trust in their hearts to stay clean and sober. I am 46 years of age and I have been on both ends of alcohol and drug use now however; I am clean and sober since November lo 2001. I am a Proud member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Nation and my goal is to help the youth to understand that alcohol and drugs are not an answer to our problems it only worsens them by far. I am also proud of each of our Nations travelling on canoe journeys to strenghthen our people against alcohol and drug use for our future.

  2. I LOLA BEAUTIFULL BRIGHT IS DRUG FREEE BECAUSE IT THE WAY TO BE YO I HAVE NEVER EVER DONE DRUGS AND NEVER WILL I WILL NEVER DRINK EITHER!! BUT YET I AM STILL A FUN PERSON!!!! WITHOUT DRUGS AND DRINKING!!!

  3. Congrats Althea!! We’re proud of you!!

  4. celebrating25 yearsof recovery this month how cool is that, peace and unity

  5. To the person that posted a comment signed “Y___”. The situation you described is a very serious concern, and it appears to be best handled at the Tribal level. We also suggest contacting a local Pastor. We can put you in touch with a pastor in your area who has agreed to help you. Please post another comment here and be sure to use your CORRECT email address so we can send you the contact info for them. Your information will NOT be published but will be protected. Our prayers will be with you for this matter to be corrected and resolved.

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