Marijuana is also referred to as Cannabis, and has been hypothesized by some researchers to be a gateway drug that leads to more serious teen drug abuse. Marijuana is the most often used illegal drug in this country.
Early Warning Signs of Teen Marijuana Drug Abuse
Teens become secretive: If you ask them how their day was they often reply with one word answers. Teens may not want you to even know where they have been.
Teen marijuana substance abuse users start hanging out more outside of the home: Your teen, who was once a fixture in the household is never home anymore. He or she always has something to do outside of the house and they provide little detail about where they are going.
Teens do less with the family: The days of having your teen attend any of your popular family outings like camping trips, short vacations, or reunions are now a distant memory.
Aloof: If they do spend time with the family, there’s a kind of a strangeness to them. They become distant and less interested in other members of the family.
Unclean bedrooms: Their rooms aren’t being kept up anymore. A once tidy room is now a pig stye. Clothes are strewn all over the floor, beds are no longer made on a regular basis or perhaps not at all.
They use eye drops like Visine to take the red out of their eyes: If you find a bottle of eye drops in your teens clothes while doing the laundry, you have real cause for concern. Healthy teens don’t often need eye strain medication.
You find drug paraphernalia in their room: Items in the form of rolling papers, pipes, a bong, roach clips are common-place when your teen is smoking marijuana. Drug paraphernalia is a pretty good indicator of a marijuana addiction, and once teens acquire drug taking accessories, you can be sure they’ve passed the initial experimentation stage of use. They are not holding these things for friends.
Teens often hide drug paraphernalia such as a bong (above) in their room
A sudden drop in academic performance: If your teen’s grades have begun to slip, there is a chance it is related to marijuana use. Research has shown about marijuana’s negative effects on attention, memory,
learning, and motivation.
Change in friends: When long-time friends of your teen – that shared the same values such as family and school – are seen less frequently and new ones, who look like trouble finds them easily, come into the picture, this may be a tell tale sign.
What can parents do if some or all of these signs match your teen?
Parents should not be afraid to check their teen’s knapsacks or any other personal belonging that can reveal marijuana use. The same goes for the computer. A spot check of your teen’s social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) are perfectly acceptable. This applies to emails as well.
If all else fails and your child has ventured down a dangerous path that appears to be irreversible, it may be time to start searching for teen marijuana rehabs.