Addiction is a physical or mental dependence on a behavior or substance that a person feels powerless to stop. Addictions can manifest in many different ways. Teenagers, especially, are a vulnerable population group for falling into the cycle of addiction. Normal adolescent development such as the need to belong, becoming more independent, and volatile emotional states due to hormonal changes can leave a teen vulnerable to addictive behaviors if not addressed quickly. Before touching on signs and symptoms of addiction in troubled teens, the different types of addiction need to be identified. The face of addiction has been multiplied as a result of the digital age we now live in.
- Internet Pornography
- Anger and Rage
- Video Games
- Illegal Substances
Identifying an addiction vs. normal teenage behavior, as a parent, can be a difficult process. There are several signs to look for if you suspect an addiction in your teen.
- Changes in eating or sleep patterns.
- Deterioration or alteration of physical appearance.
- Sudden change in friends or locations.
- Withdrawal from social or important activities.
- Unexplained need for money or secretive spending habits.
- Denying or lying about the use of harmful substances or habits.
- Neglecting responsibilities.
- Change in personality or attitude.
- Day to day functioning and tasks are being chronically neglected.
- Chronic outbursts of anger or defiance
These signs of addiction should be monitored and looked as closely before confronting a teen or youth about the possibility of an addiction. Do not despair if your child presents with symptoms and signs of an addiction. Ozark Teen Challenge wants to help. Contact us with questions or concerns, we are here to answer all your questions. Also check out this article to know the difference between Bootcamp and juvenile rehabilitation programs.