Is My Child an Addict?

Is My Child an Addict?College is a stressful time for any young adult, and it is marked by newfound independence, changing social groups, and expectations. Students struggle to make new friends, explore their personal identities, and face the challenges of a changed academic setting. These factors can contribute to the development of alcohol or drug addictions or can worsen preexisting dependence issues. A study performed by the Harvard School of Public Health found that “more than two of every five [college] students reported at least one symptom of abuse or dependence” and that one out of every five heavy drinkers was dependent on alcohol. Addiction is not a problem for adults alone, and identifying addiction in your child is the first step in getting him or her the help needed for a healthy and successful future.

Identifying Substance Use Problems

If your child still lives with you, missing money, alcohol, or prescription pills can indicate a substance abuse problem. Changes in his or her behavior, emotions, or sleep patterns are also signs of addiction. You may find drug use paraphernalia or overhear conversations about drug use. If your child is away from home, spotting the signs of addiction can be more difficult. You do not have day-to-day interaction with your child, and you may contribute emotional distance or changes in attitude to the changes that do occur as children grow up and move away from home. However, frequent mentions of partying, requests for more money, or poor academic performance may indicate that substance use has taken precedence over maintaining a healthy life. Talking with a therapist or other recovery professional can help you gain an objective view of the changes your son or daughter is going through.

Helping Your Child Overcome Addiction

If your child is dependent on or addicted to a substance or behavior, you can help. Family mediation and intervention resources are effective tools for getting your child to recognize the problem and the effect it has on his or her life, education, family, and future. Professional mediators bring families together to end enabling behaviors, create clear-cut consequences for continued substance use, and encourage any and all efforts toward recovery. Mediators and interventionists ensure effective communication and help families take the next steps toward treatment and recovery.

Addiction Recovery Help

If you have questions about your son or daughter’s drug use, you are ready to plan an intervention, or you want access to the best recovery options for your child, call our toll-free helpline. Our admissions coordinators are here for you 24 hours a day, so there is no reason to put off getting the help your child needs.

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