Sometimes parents have a gut feeling that something is going on in their child’s life, but they’re not able to put their finger on it. Many times it is normal childhood or adolescent behavior, but other times it is something much more serious. Because they are not familiar with the “drug culture”, some parents may be missing some obvious signs that their child has a problem with drugs or alcohol.
You may think that your relationship with your child is such that they would confide in you if they had a drug or alcohol problem. Most likely they won’t. They themselves may be in denial about the nature and extent of their problem, and even if they were fully aware of the issue, drug addicts are still capable of feeling shame, and they don’t want to feel like they’re a disappointment to their family and long-time friends.