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Signs and symptoms


Determining if a young person is using mind-altering chemicals is not easy because many of the feelings and behaviors can be displayed by a normal, healthy adolescent. On the other hand, many of the indicators of substance abuse can also signify a serious emotional problem or even mental illness. The following is a list of readily observable indicators that can signify adolescent substance abuse.


Deterioration of school performance


Loss of interest in school or extracurricular activities


Change in peer relationships


Physical appearance - dress and self-care


Physical appearance - behavioral


Fluctuation in feelings


Deterioration of thinking


Deterioration of motivation