Health Tip: Symptoms of Addiction

Warning signs that your child may need help

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(HealthDay News) -- Addiction to drugs or alcohol can lead to a variety of behavioral and physical changes in teenagers.

The Nemours Foundation says signs that your child may have an addiction problem include:

  • Acting withdrawn or secretive with family and friends.
  • Disinterest in activities and hobbies he used to enjoy.
  • Poor grades or frequent absences from school.
  • Mood swings, anxiety, anger or depression.
  • A new set of friends, particularly those who are known to use drugs.
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits.
  • Rapid weight gain or loss.

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