Stimulants fall into a class of drugs that are designed to stimulate the mood, to improve well-being and to increase alertness and energy. Some examples of stimulant drugs include:
These are just some examples of stimulant drugs that a teenager could potentially be abusing.
Teenagers abuse stimulant drugs for a wide variety of reasons. If you imagine a teenager’s typical day, struggling to balance home life with school, work, extra-curricular activities and a social life, it should make sense why a teenager might wish to have more energy or alertness by the end of the day.
Teenagers fall prey to peer pressure and other pressures every day, so you should not be angry or surprised if your teen begins abusing a stimulant. Instead, you need to become well versed on what your teen is going through so that you will be able to get them some help for their problem before it snowballs out of control.
Stimulant drugs can be abused in a number of different ways. The big determinant factor is what drug is actually being abused.
- In pill form, the drug is most likely going to be swallowed.
- Some stimulant drugs such as cocaine are available in a powdered form which is snorted into the nostrils and then absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
- Stimulant drugs can also be injected through the use of a syringe and needle, releasing the stimulant right into the veins.
- In some circumstances, like with crack cocaine, the crystal form of a stimulant drug is heated and then smoked, inhaling it directly into the lungs.
It is important that you know what specific stimulant drug your teenage child is abusing so that you can find the best possible treatment solution for whatever ails him or her.
Signs of Substance Abuse
Just as the mechanism for use can differ from stimulant to stimulant, so can the signs of a drug abuse problem. Because each of these different stimulant drugs is capable of producing different effects, you need to pay close attention to the signs and symptoms that are being presented in order to determine which actual drug is the culprit. While the drug itself is going to produce effects, one of the greatest things that you are going to notice when your child or teen becomes addicted to a stimulant drug is the sudden change in behavior and even personal appearance.
- Your teen may become more secretive than before.
- Your teen may begin to lie, even about seemingly innocuous things.
- Your teen may begin hanging out with new friends who do not seem anything like his or her old friends.
- Your teen may seem to be spending more time hiding in the bedroom than ever before.
- Your teen may change their grooming habits or physical appearance, such as by changing their personal style, wearing baggy clothing or only wearing long sleeves even in the summer.
When you begin to notice that the behavior of your child is changing, this is a sure fire sign that something is going on requiring your attention. You may not be able to determine exactly what type of drug your teenager is abusing, but knowing that there is a problem is definitely going to be the first step toward getting your teen some much needed rehab and recovery help.
Helping Your Teen With Addiction
Find a drug rehab facility in your area that specializes in children and teens and work with an addiction intervention specialist to create a plan. Having an intervention specialist at your disposal is going to make it easier to create the right approach to the problem. The key here is going to be to approach your child with understanding and love so that they are not frightened or pushed deeper into their substance abuse. This is well within your control as long as you have the right information and the right attitude when you are coming into this situation.
Putting your teen in a long term, residential drug rehab program is going to be an important key to getting them the help that they need. You need to be strong enough about this situation to help your teen get help. If you falter, then they will falter as well. Make sure that you put your brave, bold face on when approaching your teen about the situation so that everyone can get the help they need.