If you are becoming suspicious that your teen has a substance abuse problem, and the more you try to push them for answers the more they ignore you and rebel, it's time to get help. You don't want to wait until your teen does a bad hit or overdoses to get them the medical attention they need, or until it's too late. Here are factors that indicate you need to check your teen into rehab.

You See Signs of Addiction

As a parent, you need to look for the signs of addiction closely and keep up with your teen's activities. Some of the following signs indicate they may have a problem:

  • Dramatic and sudden weight loss
  • Coughing and runny nose
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Appearing strung out
  • Laughing for no reason
  • Withdrawing from favorite activities
  • Poor school attendance
  • Bad grades

These are just some of the signs. There may be changes in your teen's behavior or life that are more specific to them.

You Have Lost Control of Your Teen

It can be very difficult to control your teen. If you are having difficulty keeping them out of trouble and they keep going out, leaving the house without asking, and hiding things from you, it's time to get them checked into rehab. If you can't keep them clean and you can't control them, it's time to let the medical professionals help your teen in a safe space.

Your Teen Needs a Change

Your teen may need a change. A change of friends, a way to get away from the pressure and their dealer or bad influences, and a way to see how important it is to change their life with a sober mind. Getting them clean and away from drugs to get a clear perspective on their life can be what changes their life.

You Worry About Death

If you worry at night that your teen is going to die because of their substance abuse problem or that when they leave the house they may not ever come home, take action immediately. You can get them new friends, send them to a new school, and help them find new activities, but you can't bring them back to life.

Today in America more teens are dying from drug abuse than motor vehicle accidents. If you fear that your teen can't get clean on their own, or that they are lying to you, take them to a local rehabilitation center for an assessment and treatment. This is one of the best ways to help them regain control of their life again. For more information, contact a local teen substance abuse clinic like Lifeline.