Teens are smoking weed and taking pills more and more frequently. The National Institute on Drug Abuse believes that every day about 2,000 teens are taking prescription drugs for the first time, none of which are prescribed the pills being taken. This number does not include weed and other drugs.
How can you tell if your teen has been one of those 2,000?
Further, if you know your teen has tried prescription drugs, alcohol, weed, or any other drug, how do you answer the question: is your teen a prescription drug or weed addict?
Teens, and many adults, do not understand the true danger that exists in taking prescription pills that have (a) not been prescribed to you and (b) chemical compounds not understand by the user. The danger associated with prescription drugs are equal to the danger of illegal street drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Xanax work the same way as heroin. Prescription stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin work the same way as cocaine.
If your teen is smoking weed and not understanding the implications of that as a drug, that too is a problem. Although smoking marijuana is not said to be physically addictive, there are definite negative and noticeable effects on the still developing body and brain from use of the drug.
Have you noticed any behavioral differences in your teen? Has your teen become defiant? Does he or she now have “an attitude” or a new group of friends? Has your teen’s hygiene routine changed in an unfavorable way? Has your teen gained or lost a substantial amount of weight recently? Is your teen struggling in school? Has your teen stopped going to school on a regular basis? Have teachers reported behavior problems when your teen is in class? Is your teen more tired or lazy than normal? Less interested in activities he or she used to enjoy? Does your teen seem to expect more privacy than ever before? Has your teen asked for money more frequently? Are family possessions missing?
If you notice that you can answer YES to most of these questions, your teen may be a prescription drug or weed addict. Start looking for physical signs of intoxication and talk to someone to determine how you can help your teen stop using drugs and alcohol.
Listen to Katie’s story about her battle with drug addiction and her time spent at Sovereign Health: