Substance Abuse in Teens With ADHD

If you have a teenager, chances are you're concerned about the risk of substance abuse. But what if your teen has ADHD? Are they at a higher risk? This eMedTV slideshow tells you what you need to know about this topic, with details on specific drugs that can cause problems and what you can do to help keep your teen safe.

Substance Abuse in Teens With ADHD
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Children with ADHD are at least twice as likely to abuse alcohol when teens. They're also more likely to develop alcohol dependence in adulthood. Alcohol use in teens is associated with serious dangers, such as car accidents, violence, and alcohol poisoning. Talk to your teen openly about alcohol use. If you drink alcohol, model appropriate behavior by doing so moderately and in a responsible manner. Physical warning signs that your teen may be abusing alcohol include red eyes, a change in sleeping or eating patterns, slurred speech, and symptoms of a morning hangover, such as nausea, vomiting, and headache.

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