“How can you tell if your child might have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse? There are a number of signs to watch for. Please note, you usually need several of these, for example a change in friends on its own may not be problematic.”


Galatians 5:19 – The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: … drunkenness…


Signs of problematic use may include:

  • Social withdrawal and loss of interest in favourite activities,
  • A change in friends,
  • Sudden downward trend in academic performance,
  • Health issues and constant illnesses,
  • Changes in appearance and hygiene,
  • Lying or secretiveness,
  • Financial problems, asking for money, or stealing,
  • The presence of drug-related paraphernalia or other physical evidence of drug use (white powder, pills, or other unusual materials) among your teen’s belongings,
  • Suspicious, troublesome, or reckless behaviour (including drinking and driving and promiscuous sex),
  • Memory blackouts,
  • Physical symptoms associated with withdrawal from alcohol or drug use (for example: trouble sleeping, depression, shakiness, tremors, restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, sweating, racing heartbeat, difficulty concentrating, or seizure).