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Many teenagers experiment with smoking marijuana and can become very adept at hiding their use. With marijuana being one of the most socially acceptable drugs aside from alcohol, it can be difficult to know when your teen has a problem with marijuana. Marijuana abuse can manifest in many different ways, but the goal of use is usually the same. If your teen seems to be looking for any method they can find to avoid or reduce mental and emotional pain, they may be more susceptible to marijuana abuse.

There is a common myth that marijuana is not dangerous or addictive. Marijuana is both physically and mentally addictive, and there are hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits due to marijuana abuse each year. In 2009, over 70% of adolescents, aged 12-17, entering drug abuse treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse (Source: DrugAbuse.gov). Marijuana is the number one most used drug of teenagers and adult use of marijuana is very common as well. Many believe that marijuana is a "pure" drug, when it is almost always laced with other drugs like cocaine or PCP and household cleaners like Comet.

At Center for Discovery, we understand that your teen may be struggling with overwhelming emotions and issues as well as marijuana abuse. We provide teens, as well as their families, with the tools for navigating through these feelings and issues, substance free and happy. Early detection of marijuana abuse, see some signs and symptoms below, can be extremely helpful in dealing with marijuana abuse. You can help your teen stop their marijuana abuse before it becomes a full blown addiction, but it takes help. Center for Discovery is here to help you and guide you through this sometimes scary and life changing time in your life.

Recognizing the signs of marijuana abuse is an important step in finding a solution. There are physical and behavioral signs to look for in your teenager. Signs and symptoms vary by situation and depend on a number of factors including the strength of the marijuana, what the marijuana is laced with, the mindset of the user and when and where it is smoked. Below are some common symptoms of marijuana abuse.

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Physical Symptoms

•  Appetite change: Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, change in eating behaviors, unexplained weight gain.
•  Walking pattern changes, poor or deteriorating physical coordination.
•  Sleep pattern changes: Inability to sleep at the normal times, awake/asleep at unusual times, increased laziness.
•  Red, glassy eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual on a regular basis, blank stare.
•  Sweet, burnt scent: Lighters lying around the house or room, incense burning (to cover the smell of marijuana).
•  Runny nose, loud cough.
•  Clumsiness, running into things.
•  Slurred speech, inappropriately loud voice and laughter.

Behavioral Symptoms

•  Loss of interest, lack of motivation: What previously was important to them, or that they would become passionate about, no longer affects them the same way. This includes in school and in the workplace.
•  Increased anxiety, especially when away from the substance the body starts to rely on: such as while on vacation.
•  Change in overall attitude or even personality with no discernible reason.
•  Increased paranoia.
•  Secretive or suspicious activity or behavior. Need for more money, stealing from family and others, seeming to have a lot of new money-driven ventures. New friends, either those they don't want to talk about, or are known drug users. They often lose touch with old friends who do not share the habit.
•  Drop in performance at school and at work – sometimes this will be present in grades or feedback.
•  Change in home life, loss of interest in family activities or events.
•  Moodiness, irritability, anxiety, increased silliness or giddiness, sudden sensitivity and reactive or irrational behavior.

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