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Is my teen doing drugs?

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Asked: 2018-11-15 21:03:13
My boy is about to be 14 years old. He's a good kid and shows respect to his father and I, but he's developing behavioral problems. Is his behavior linked to his age or is it possible he's doing drugs with his friends?


Answered: 2018-11-15 23:45:36

Jackie, It's hard to speculate if your son is using drugs without an example of his behavior, however, 14 is a common age for teenagers to start experimenting. I have listed below several behavioral red flags that may be an indicator of drug use. Drug and alcohol paraphernalia Slurred speech Poor academic performance Signs of hangover (bloodshot eyes, changes in pupils) Changes in eating habits Tremors or impaired coordination High risk behaviors Poor school attendance Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid Sudden mood swings Aggressive behavior Unexplained hyperactivity Lack of motivation


Answered: 2018-11-19 15:16:34

it honestly sounds like he is just a teenager. Usually this happens around this age. He may want to experiment with weed and alcohol but it doesnt sound like anything like herion or meth or anything serious like that


Answered: 2018-11-28 07:32:02

Yeah, it can be a tricky age for kids. Lots to explore, and sometimes they make some pretty stupid decisions. My son turned out pretty okay, but I was kinda worried there for a while. He smoked weed as far as I know, but he kinda grew out of it. If his grades start slipping or he stops doing his other hobbies and stuff, it might be a giveaway for drugs. Just keep a look out.


Answered: 2019-01-31 21:01:39

Thank you to everyone who took the time to reply. Since I posted it has only gotten worse. Husband says that because i am looking for drugs in his behavior I am being to naggy or too intrusive. He is a man, he doesn't know how it feels to think my baby boy is doing drugs. He is in honors english and he just told me he doesn't want to do it anymore. This breaks my heart, i know my son better. Do you think a home drug test is too far? I just need to know and i will back off. Waiting for advice, so feel free to weigh in.


Answered: 2019-02-19 22:29:28

Hey Jackie, It sounds like you are having a hard time with your son. To be honest, you are his mother, he is 14 years old. If you want to do an at home drug test then do it. A few suggestions though, order the kit and hold on to it. Some drugs leave their system in like two days, so when he exhibits odd behaviors: arriving home late and irritated, glossy or blood shot eyes, funny or odd smells on his clothes, stuff like that, then drug test him. But please do not forget to explain why you are doing the test, how his behavior has encouraged you to do a drug test, what will happen when you get positive or negative results, and how/why substance abuse or the opioid epidemic has caused you to be adamant about protecting your son. This will provide you with a peace of mind and allow you to ease up on your son if his change in mood is that of puberty. Good luck Jackie, hope this helped.

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