Behavior Issues


Bullying and Substance Use

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Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk.

a free online resource that provides information about adolescent bullying, addiction, and mental health issues recently published an educational guide about bullying and substance abuse.

Read more here.


Know the Warning Signs

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  • Not just occasionally – this is normal. We’re talking about continued disregard for your authority and rules.
  • Suspected substance use or abuse.
  • Aggression – fighting with and hurting others.
  • Extreme withdrawal – teens spending an inordinate amount of time in their room.
  • Loss of interest in activities your teen normally likes to do.
  • Change in appearance – neat kids become unkempt, rapid weight loss or gain, etc.
  • Continued talk about death, depression and suicide.

Worried About Warning Signs? Here Is What You Can Do

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The teen years can be tough for both parent and child. Teens face numerous pressures: be popular, do well in school, get along with the family and make important life decisions. On top of this, teens are experiencing physical, sexual, social and emotional changes. Many of these pressures are unavoidable for teens, and worrying about them, as parents is natural.

Most kids get through the teen years with success. Other teens may face obstacles that weaken their physical and emotional well being, discourage their motivation and ability to succeed in school, and damage personal relationships. With all this going on, teens can engage in risky behaviors – harming their physical and mental health and chances for future success.

Some Warning Signs are Subtle, While Others Are Very Clear

If a teen is in trouble, there are warning signs to watch for that signal help is needed. You might notice a change in your teen’s behavior. You may learn that your teen has experimented with a risky behavior for the first time. It may simply be that you “sense” that something isn’t quite right. Take these signs seriously.

Talk to Your Teen About Your Concerns

Pay attention to what your teen is doing and how they are feeling. Talk to them about it – and not just when you notice something different. Talk to them on a regular basis. By doing so, you help your teen avoid more difficult problems down the road. For support, talk to parents whose advice you trust.

Learn About Issues

Take the time to read about issues related to teens and risky behaviors. Find information at your library, school counselor’s office, medical clinic or faith-based organization.

Get Help From Professionals When You Need It

Professionals can help you get the right support you need, and determine whether your teen is in crisis. Discuss your concerns with your teen’s teacher, school counselor, doctor or other people you trust.

They can refer you to more information or provide professional care to keep your teen safe.


Signs & Symptoms of Teen Drinking and Drug Use

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How can you tell if your child is using drugs or alcohol? It is difficult because changes in mood or attitudes, unusual temper outbursts, changes in sleeping habits and changes in hobbies or other interests are common in teens. What should you look for?

You can look for signs of depression, withdrawal, carelessness with cleaning or hostility. Also ask yourself, is your child doing well in school, getting along with friends, taking part in sports or other activities?

Watch List for Parents

  • Changes in friends
  • Negative changes in schoolwork, missing school, or lower grades
  • Increased secrecy about possessions or activities
  • Use of incense, room deodorant, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical smells
  • Subtle changes in conversations with friends, e.g. more mysterious, using “coded” language
  • Change in clothing choices: new attraction to clothes that highlight drug use
  • Increase in borrowing money
  • Evidence of drug equipment such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
  • Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); Rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories
  • Bottles of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
  • New use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol
  • Missing drugs at home—especially tranquillizers and mood stabilizers