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Know the Warning Signs

It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal teen behavior and signs of a problem like drinking, drug use, or depression.

But by knowing the warning signs and continuously monitoring your teen for changes in behavior or physical appearance, you can pick up on potential problems early—and step in to help your teen before things get out of control.

For more signs, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the
Partnership™ for Drug-Free Kids.

Tips From Parents Like You: Small Signs

Vermont parents can be on the lookout for warning signs when it comes to drug and alcohol use. Identifying a number of smaller signs early is one way to get out in front of a potential problem. Remember, you are your teen’s biggest influence. If you see signs of a problem, you have the power to help your teen solve it.


Does your teen need help now?

Find out what to do if you identify warning signs in your teen: