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Possible warning signs of teenage substance abuse

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Many teenagers might not be aware of how the decisions they make might affect their futures and they may also be at their most impressionable states during this stage of life. Various types of issues might motivate youths to drink alcohol or take drugs and such issues could affect their health and leave them facing various types of legal concerns. While parents in Georgia might wish to take every possible measure to protect against such issues, they might not know how to identify possible warning signs of substance abuse in teens. 

Warning signs 

Teens who struggle with substance abuse may exhibit various types of warning signs. For instance, sudden changes in behavior such as loss of interest in activities and decreased school attendance could be red flags to watch for. Teens may also be more prone to exhibiting sudden shifts in personality when taking illegal substances, such as increased hostility or loss of inhibition. 

Another potential warning sign could involve sudden changes in style or hygiene. Lack of hygiene, flushed cheeks and red eyes are also common red flags of substance abuse among teens. Watching for issues such as constant sicknesses or frequent bouts with bloody noses could also be vital. Even abrupt weight changes could be a warning sign of such issues. 

Legal concerns 

Issues with substance abuse may not only affect a teen’s health, but it could also leave youths facing major legal concerns. Parents who encounter such issues and remain uncertain of their rights and options might benefit from retaining the services of an attorney in the initial stages of this process. An attorney can help a client prepare to make informed choices while creating a strategy with which to seek the best outcome possible regarding the future of his or her child. 


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