The thought of your child being hurt is one of the most painful, helpless feelings you can have as a parent. Be it emotional or physical, the urge to do whatever you can to ease the distress is inherent. Luckily, when they’re younger it’s easy to tell when a need arises. They are much more willing and able to communicate, making it easier for you to “zero-in” on their need. But as they get older their desire to communicate pulls back, potentially causing you a harder time at spotting a budding substance abuse problem. Even if they are willing to communicate, sometimes a clouded mindset will enable their judgment and the anticipated perceptions of your reaction might be.
Whether it be an inability or unwillingness to communicate the more information you have will help pick up the slack of any lacking communication issues. The following, are few different ways to help you spot a whether your child is suffering from a substance or chemical abuse problem.