Teenagers go through periods of experimentation, and it is during these times that they gets to know themselves, find with new ways to enjoy new freedoms, develop intimate relationships, understand their sexualities and the changes in their bodies, and face the challenges of high school or college.

One of the issues parents are wise to be concerned about during this period in their child's life is drug abuse. In teens as in adults, early recognition and intervention can make a difference.

Read on for the 12 signs that could indicate drug abuse in your teen. But remember that these signs alone are not the only indicators that your child might be taking drugs. If you suspect your child using drugs, consult with professionals because they are the ones who, with your help, can best plan out how to help your child overcome his addiction.

Read these articles for more tips on being a parent to a teenager:

(First published in Good Housekeeping Magazine; Good Health Section as "Health Check" in June 2006; adapted for use in Female Network)

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