Below are some of the most commonly seen signs in teenagers. If you or someone else you know who’s teen might be abusing/addicted to a substance, you can find help on our help and support page.
As a parent or guardian for teenagers you know them best, when they are acting strangely, when they are hiding something and most importantly, how best to communicate with them so that they feel safe and able to talk to you freely and without risk of punishment. It is important that they know right from the beginning that they will not be in trouble for telling you the complete truth. Sometimes due to the relationship between carer and child that this type of relationship isn’t possible. In such cases, try talking to their school or contact your nearest Drug And Alcohol Service. These can be found on our help and support page. It is important that help (if it is needed) is sought as quickly as possible before habits become more difficult to change and the least damage done.