Alcohol and other drug abuse can create problems for children and isolate them from those who love them. The youth become strangers and sources of frustration, irritation, and disruption for the family.
Potential Warning Signs
Potential warning signs to watch out for include:
Changing friends, their type of dress or interests. Secretive about friends
Difficult to communicate with. Refuses to talk about friends or activities
Less responsible, coming home late, forgetful about important functions
Showing signs of physical and/or mental deterioration or increased appetite. Rapid weight loss. Unmotivated
Strongly defends occasional use of or experimenting with drugs