What Symptoms Teens Show When Addicted to Drugs

If you are in a situation where you believe one of your teenage child has become addicted to drugs, you are probably facing a myriad of simultaneous emotions like rage, sadness, disappointment, concern, confusion, and helpless. These conflicting feelings make focusing on helping your teen the right way nearly impossible as most parents’ first reaction to drug abuse is some form of punishment.

However, punishing your child might just push them deeper into their drug addiction. That being said, your child will likely react best to your suggestions if you show your genuine concern and talk with them sincerely about addiction and how it can affect the entire family. When you and your teen are ready to start rehab and get the addiction out of the family for good, First Step Behavioral Health will be here to help achieve you and your loved ones’ sobriety goals.


Signs and Symptoms of Teen Drug Addiction

Since teens are going through so many changes in their bodies,many of the symptoms of drug addiction are actually similar to the way some teens change during those formative years. Because of that, you will need to tread carefully  when trying to find out whether your child is on drugs or not. That being said, there are certain signs you should look for that are strong indicators that they may have a substance abuse problem:

  • You can detect new smells on them, including things like cigarette smoke, marijuana, vapor rub, and others.
  • Finding paraphernalia, pills, or the drugs themselves in your teen’s possession and/or in their room.
  • Detachment from social activities, friends, family, pursuit of education, or lifelong hobbies.
  • Sudden drastic weight changes, especially rapid weight loss


While these all aren’t necessarily definitive signs and symptoms of teen drug addiction, if you notice these, especially in conjunction with each other, you should start paying closer attention to find out what’s really going on. For more information about teen drug addiction and getting help for your child, contact us right away. 


Addiction Symptoms to Watch for When Taking Prescription Opioids

As we have discussed in many previous posts, the United States is having a particularly rough time lately with cases of opioid addiction. And here in South Florida is one of the hardest hit areas in the country. And if you have been prescribed an opioid as a painkiller, there is even a chance that you, too, are addicted to the narcotic, whether or not you realize it.

One of the biggest tells that you might be able to catch from yourself is that you will justify your opioid use to yourself, even when no one else is around. Still, opioid addiction and abuse have far more signs and symptoms than just the addiction itself.


Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

If you have been prescribed opioids for longer than a couple weeks, you are already in danger of becoming addicted. Because of that, stay aware of your physical and cognitive states and pay close attention to detect any of the following symptoms of opioid addiction:

  • Diminished motivation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irrational or uncharacteristic behavior
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Lack of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Slurring speech


Common Opioids People are Addicted To

There are many opioid drugs available through prescriptions and that can be found through various black market channels if they think the prescription is either not enough anymore or if it has run its course. Some of the more common opioids that you or a loved one might be addicted to include the following:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Paregoric
  • Sufentanil
  • Tramadol


Getting Treatment

While the news and media might make  you feel like another statistic when it comes to the opioid epidemic, we know you are far more important than that and you deserve to get the best care for opioid addiction in South Florida.  Contact us today to discuss your options and set an appointment to get started on ending your opioid abuse.