From the day my daughter was born, she seemed like the perfect child. She was always well behaved growing up and never caused my wife and I any problems. As she got older, she continued to live up to our expectations, doing very well in both school and extracurricular activities. Up until she turned 16, if you had asked me about her behavior I would have said she was perfect. Unfortunately, there were a number of issues taking place underneath the surface. As she started high school, she became involved with a new group of friends.
At first, they seemed like good kids and I wasn’t concerned about her spending time with them but after a while her grades started to drop. This was the first indication I had that something was wrong. My wife and I were concerned about our girl’s academic performance, but she had always been a good kid and we didn’t want to make a big deal about nothing so we decided not to confront her. As time went by, her grades continued to drop and her behavior began to grow more erratic as well. It finally became clear what had been going on one night when we received a call from the police. They informed us that our daughter and her friends had been caught with drugs.
Teen Daughter Behavior and Drug Use
Once our daughter returned home, we learned that this wasn’t an isolated incident. As we talked to her we found out that her changing behavior stemmed from drug use that had been taking place for months. I was shocked to learn that my girl had been hiding this problem from me, but as I learned more about teen drug use and other issues I found out that this is incredibly common. Teens can become incredibly adept at hiding any difficulties they are experiencing, making it essential for parents to keep a close eye on their actions.
If you believe that your teen is using drugs or going through the same problems my child experienced, I strongly urge you to confront them about it as soon as possible.
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Teen drug use in the United States is a large problem among teens. From 2011 to 2016 about 46% of high school seniors (4.6 out of 10) use marijuana. From 2013 to 2016 there was an increase in synthetic marijuana use. The death rate of teen overdose is 3.7 out of every one hundred thousand according to information in a 2015 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.