The majority of adolescents that abuse prescription opioid painkillers are able to obtain them from friends or family members, with about 33% obtaining prescriptions of their own.
Substance use disorder is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans every year. It’s important for parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder in order to recognize them in their own children and take the necessary steps to get help. Let’s take a look at some of the common signs and symptoms of substance use disorder.
Substance abuse can cause many changes in behavior, some of which can be hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Some common behavioral signs include sudden mood swings, changes in social circle, neglecting activities they used to enjoy, lying or stealing, constantly needing money, and avoiding family members or friends. They may also start engaging in risky behaviors such as driving under the influence or unprotected sex.
Substance abuse can have physical effects on the body as well. These effects vary depending on the type of substance being abused but can include slurred speech, drowsiness, lack of coordination, red eyes, dilated pupils, sweating or shaking hands, nausea or vomiting, and an increased heart rate. If you notice any of these physical symptoms in your child, it is important to take action immediately.
The psychological symptoms associated with substance abuse are often overlooked because they are not always obvious from the outside looking in. Some of these symptoms may include depression or anxiety disorders; euphoria when using substances; impaired judgment; paranoia; memory loss; difficulty concentrating; and changes in motivation or energy levels. If your child is exhibiting any of these mental health issues it is important that they receive professional help right away.
It is important for parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder so that they can recognize them early on and seek help if necessary. While there is no surefire way to prevent your child from using drugs or alcohol, recognizing and addressing substance use disorder early on can make all the difference in getting them back on track before it’s too late. If you think your child may be struggling with substance abuse it is essential that you get them professional help as soon as possible.
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