As a parent, you may be confused about the behavior you see in your teen. What is normal? How do you know the difference between a stretch for autonomy and real trouble? If your child’s life has become unmanageable, if you are being responsible and accountable for your child instead of them being responsible and accountable for themselves; they need intervention.
They require rigorous honesty, forthright introspection, a thorough understanding of choice and accountability…. and a sincere desire to change.
LifeLine can help your family achieve this change!
Here is what to look for:
- Downward shift in peers: lifelong friends are replaced by new friends that the child is reluctant to have you meet. Your child may also be hanging out with friends that you do not approve of.
- Deterioration in school performance: declining grades, increased truancy, apathy, decreased extracurricular activities.
- Deterioration of family relationships: family conflict, curfew violation, aggressive behavior toward parents and siblings, constant breaking of rules, blaming others for their problems, spending more and more time away from home.
- Self-destructive behavior: cutting, suicidal ideation.; talk or attempt. Risky, impulsive and compulsive behaviors.
- Involvement with the law: drug related charges (possession, public intoxication, DUI), vandalism, shoplifting, etc.
- Change in personal habits: sudden mood changes, apathy, eating and sleeping disturbances, poor hygiene, change in church attendance, defiance toward authority.
- Evidence of drug use: drug paraphernalia, unknown substances in plastic bags, extensive use of eye drops, cologne/incense to mask odor, drunken or stoned behavior, unexplained losses of money belonging to others, school reports of known or suspected drug use, possession of drugs (to which the excuse may be, “I’m only holding it for a friend”).
If your child is exhibiting such behaviors, they may well be involved in serious problems that need help. At LifeLine we are here to give you that help!