A substance use disorder is a pattern of using alcohol or drugs that leads to serious personal, family, and health problems. The more of these statements that apply to your child, the more severe his substance use disorder is.
Substance use disorder may also be called drug abuse, substance abuse, dependence, or addiction.
There are many kinds of drugs, both legal and illegal, that can be abused:
If your child is abusing alcohol or drugs, he or she may:
Some of these warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse can also be signs of other problems. Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child and ask about symptoms to find out if there is a physical cause for his symptoms. You child may be treated for physical problems, or referred to a mental health specialist.
Some of these symptoms are normal in teenagers. If you are concerned that your child is using drugs, talk to them.
People and resources in your community that can help you include your healthcare providers, therapists, support groups, mental health centers, and alcohol or substance abuse treatment programs. You may want to contact: