Childhood addiction indicators

Childhood addiction indicators to substances are essential in finding lasting solutions

Childhood addiction indicators to substances: What to look for?

In the development of our children, there are things that parents will do and others will be best handled by other professionals. The reasons for delegating are many and may include education, our work schedule that does not allow us to have adequate time to spend with them and many others. Despites all these as parents we still have a duty to ensure that they are well taken care of irrespective of their new places of residence whether temporal or permanent. With the saturation of the drugs and alcohol in our neighborhoods we must up our sleeves to ensure that our children are brought up morally upright. It is for this reason that we want to focus our discussion on the childhood addiction indicators to substances as a precautionary measure. Speaking to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury, who reiterates that we must first evaluate the accuracy of the problem at hand by answering the following questions: Do you suspect that your child is abusing alcohol or using drugs? Are you worried? Have you noticed some changes with your child? If your response to these is yes, then as a parent it is very normal to be concerned and that brings us to the next point of concern which is how are parents affected by their children’s misuse of drugs?

As parents, we need to find out how we are affected by our children indulgence in to drugs and alcohol. Doctor Akoury is very categorical that as a parent your ability to be helpful in this situation will highly depend on how much you understand the significance of alcohol and drugs as well as how you much have been affected by their alcohol and drug use. In fact, the most important thing you can do to help your son or daughter is first to commit to getting help and support for yourself and find out if you need some help in answering these questions:

  • Alcohol: Are you troubled by someone’s drinking?
  • Drugs: Do you need help?
Depending on how you respond to those questions knowing the warning signs becomes the next focus.

Childhood addiction indicators to substances: Warning signs

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored, we must not sit back and hope they will just go away. If left untreated, it can develop into serious drug dependence or alcoholism. Therefore is very important to recognize the various signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early enough for proper action to be taken. Doctor Akoury and her team of experts will always be there for you and if you’re worried that your son or daughter might be abusing alcohol or drugs you can schedule for an appointment with her today for the commencement of their recovery process but in the meantime the following are some of the physical and health warning signs of drug abuse to look for:

  • Irregular changes in appetite or sleep patterns or sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
  • Deterioration in personal hygiene or physical appearance.
  • Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
  • Frequent nose bleeding could be related to snorted drugs like meth or cocaine
  • Sudden seizures without any history of epilepsy
  • Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about- they don’t know how they got hurt
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.

Childhood addiction indicators to substances: What to look for?