Behavioral Signs of Substance Use

  • Curfew violations and/or constant defiance of rules
  • Excessive or last-minute requests to sleep at a friend’s house
  • Frequent use of eye drops or breath mints
  • Withdrawal from family and/or friends
  • Pronounced mood swings; increase irritability and/or hostile outbursts
  • Changes in friends and/or extracurricular activities
  • Tardiness, truancy at school
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Changes in personal appearance (i.e. dress, hygiene, grooming)
  • Overly preoccupied with privacy or secrecy; lying
  • Suspected of vandalism and/or stealing
  • Talks positively about alcohol or drug use
Depression and anxiety can play a major role in substance abuse. More info.  
Red Flag Red flags indicating you need immediate professional help.

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