Is My Child Addicted to Drugs?

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

When drug addiction plagues someone you love, it can feel like a tragedy. However, if your child somehow becomes addicted to drugs, the feelings surrounding that situation can almost feel too intense to deal with at times. The thing is, though, that if your child has developed a drug addiction, you need to take action as early as you can and get them help immediately.

Signs Your Child Might Have a Substance Abuse Problem

There are many symptoms associated with drug abuse, and most drugs have symptoms that are specific to one substance. Nonetheless, there are also a variety of signs and symptoms of drug use that are almost ubiquitous among users of any drugs out there. Some of the behavioral changes include the following:

  • Isolation
  • Making friends with other addicts
  • Anger and irritation after spending a long time with the family
  • Constantly asking for money or taking cash from parent’s wallet
  • Lapses in judgement
  • Responsibilities no longer important


There are also physical symptoms you may notice your child go through when addicted to drugs, including:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Eating much more or less than normal
  • Not taking care of hygiene
  • Bruises, cuts, scars, or “track marks” on the body
  • Constant itching
  • Unprecedented seizures
  • Changes in skin complexion

It should be noted that most of those symptoms can also coincide with changing hormones and simply growing up, which can make determining whether your child has an addiction or not an especially difficult and sensitive topic.


What to Do if You Think Your Kid is Addicted to Drugs

Other than actually catching your child in the act of consuming drugs or if you find obvious drugs or drug paraphernalia, you may never be able to find undeniable proof of an addiction. Still, if you suspect that your child is addicted to drugs, rehabilitation is the best help you can offer them to get your child back to normal. Contact us to learn how


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.