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Identifying red flags of teenage substance abuse

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2024 | Criminal Defense

The teenage years of life is a time in which many youths in Minnesota may exhibit numerous changes in life. Changes to behavior and appearance may be common examples of things parents might expect. However, some types of changes could give you cause for concern, especially if they indicate some form of unhealthy life behavior.  

Teenage substance abuse is an issue that continues to affect the lives of many youths, and while you might wish to protect your child against such concerns, this might not always be so easy. Knowing how to identify red flags of substance abuse could help you prepare to address the matter and safeguard your teen’s well-being. 

Red flags 

Studies indicate that teens who struggle with substance abuse may exhibit various types of changes, and some red flags to watch for regarding such issues could include: 

  • Shifts in behavior: Changes in behavior, such as loss of interest in activities, low attendance at school, increased isolation, and loss of energy, could all be possible signs of substance abuse in teens. 
  • Personality changes: Teens who struggle with substance abuse may also exhibit changes in personality, such as hostile or secretive behaviors, limited focus, low motivation or issues with inhibition. 
  • Changes in appearance: Other red flags may involve sudden changes in appearance or hygiene. Flushed cheeks, reddened eyes, messy appearances and lack of hygiene are just a few examples of potential concerns. 
  • Health concerns: Issues with substance abuse could also affect a teen’s health. Watching for signs like frequent issues with sickness, constant nose bleeds and abrupt changes in weight could prove imperative. 

This may only cover a few examples of red flags to watch for but may be vital to protecting your child’s health, as issues with substance abuse could also trigger severe legal ramifications. 

Legal concerns 

Should a situation in life leave your teen facing legal concerns, it may be understandable to have questions about how best to approach the situation. With a variety of factors to consider, you might find it helpful to seek guidance in carefully evaluating your situation. This might help place you in a better position to make informed choices about your available options and help you prepare to develop a strategy with which to seek the best outcome possible regarding your child’s future.  


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