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Are you looking for treatment for your teen? The National Resource Center can help you choose the right program to help your teen get back on track.
Different drugs cause different reactions and signs in the person using them. Parents can narrow down the identification of the substance being used if they are familiar with signs associated with that particular substance. Click on the name of the substance to learn the effects it might have on your teen.
Also view the "Identifying Drugs" section to be able to visually recognize
Alcohol is alcohol, whether it be a beer or a shot of vodka. Parents should not assume their children are "ok" if they are drinking a few beers just because it is not "hard liquor."
What to Look For:
Smell of alcohol on clothing, breath
Strange mood (sudden change or unusual extreme for the individual)
Falsified identification (age changed)
Bottles saved as souvenirs
Signs your child has thrown up
Difficulty waking up in the morning (hangover)
Excessive thirst in the morning
If your child comes home from a party and appears to be intoxicated, it is generally best to deal with the consequences in the morning after they have slept off the effects. If the child comes home intoxicated and had the car for the evening, the keys should be taken away from them immediately and they should have driving privileges removed. Many states have zero-tolerance laws for underaged drinkers who drive. This means that any measurable amount of alcohol in the system will earn them a DUI and the serious consequences of that charge.
Wilderness therapy is one of the most effective ways of reaching defiant teens. SageWalk specializes in drug and alcohol issues. As seen on ABC’s Brat Camp.