With the rise of opioid addiction and drug overdoses, parents are petrified it could happen to their child so here are some tips to help alert you to the signs

More and more, opiates such as prescription pills, heroin, and fentanyl are on the rise and parents may be terrified their kids may be in active drug addiction. There are physical signs that he may be abusing opiates. They include:

1. Cravings
2. Physical Dependence
3. Tolerance
4. Withdrawal symptoms
5. Poor judgment
6. Drug-seeking
7. Financial trouble
8. Drug-seeking
9. Financial trouble
10. Neglect responsibilities
11. Difficulty maintaining employment
12. Develop unhealthy friendships
13. Isolate

Drug addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful. Drug addicts are smart! They are good at lying, manipulating and convincing themselves and others that there is no problem at all. The denial (Don’t Even Know I Am Lying) they are in transcends across others in their lives. If an addict wants to protect their addiction, meaning they have no interest in stopping, these behaviors can be ongoing for an extended period of time.

There are warning signs that your child may be on drugs. If your son still lives at home, these are a few simple ways to recognize a potential problem:

· USE YOUR NOSE. Have a face-to-face conversation with your son when he comes home after socializing with friends. If there has been drinking or smoking, the smell will be on their breath, on clothing and in their hair.

· LOOK HIM IN THE EYES. Pay attention to his eyes. Typically, eyes will be red and heavy-lidded, with constricted pupils if they have been smoking marijuana or using opiates. Pupils will be dilated and he may have difficulty focusing if he has been drinking. Additionally, red, flushed color to the face and cheeks can also be signs he has been drinking or using drugs.

· WATCH FOR MOOD CHANGES. How does your son act after a night out with friends? Is he loud and obnoxious, or laughing hysterically at nothing? Is he isolating? Unusually clumsy to the point of stumbling into walls, tripping over his own feet or knocking things over? Sullen, withdrawn and tired, slack-eyed? Does he look queasy and stumble to the bathroom?

· MONITOR DRIVING AND THE CAR. Your son’s car and driving habits can offer clues as well. Is his driving more reckless when he comes home after being with friends? Are there new, unexplained dents? If you’re suspicious, search the inside of the car. Does it smell like smoke or alcohol? Are there any bottles, pipes, bongs, syringes or other drug paraphernalia rolling around the floor or hidden in the glove compartment?

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