Pathway Family Center in Indianapolis identifies the following as the
possible signs of a child’s drug use.
•Loss of interest in school, resulting in frequent truancy, declining or
failing grades, or discipline problems.
•Frequent flare-ups or outbreaks of temper, resulting in verbal or physical
•Increasing withdrawal and isolation from family activities and loss of
interest in once important activities and hobbies.
•A general change in attitude characterized by sullenness and apathy.
•The dropping of old friends and the replacement with new ones from “the
•Secretiveness about behavior and an unwillingness to provide information
about behavior and possessions.
•A deterioration of physical appearance and grooming.
•Theft of cash, property, or credit cards from the house or employer.
•An inability to explain new possessions or extra money.
•Trouble with the law.
According to Pathway, any two of these could indicate a child’s drug use.
For more information, or for an assessment, call Pathway at (800) 261-4605
or (248) 443-0105.