Substance Use Education & Therapy
If you suspect that your child, or another young person you know, is abusing drugs or alcohol, it can be a very scary time. At YouthZone, we help kids through a lot of issues, including substance use. While some teens "experiment" with substances and have little or no issues - for some teens, early use and abuse of substances can have a devastating impact on their immediate lives and future. And, since teenage brains are still developing, substance use can have long-term cognitive and behavioral effects.
While every person is different in terms of how continuous use of substances may affect them, there are some common signs that parents, teachers, and friends may notice in a young person that might be abusing drugs or alcohol. These signs include:
- A drop in grades or school attendance
- Loss of interest in activities or their usual friends
- A decline in hygiene or diminished personal appearance
- Avoiding eye contact