Drunk VS Stoned: How to Tell if Your Child Has Been Drinking or Doing Drugs

Parents sometimes can’t keep track of everything that has been going on in their teens’ lives. Often, their children would even lie or hide things from them as these kids try to enjoy their freedom and experiment with their identity.

It’s not a surprise that teens may even experiment with substances as the price for admission into the “cool crowd” or the party.

But as a parent, how do you know if your child has been drinking? What if he’s been doing drugs?

Here are some signs you should look out for to know whether your child has been drinking or doing drugs:

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14 Ways to Avoid Peer Pressure

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The school year has well been on its way and many teens and young adults may have experienced being with a new set of friends and getting to know them better as the months have passed.

Some of your friends or classmates may get you to try some things that are new to you or make you uneasy. This is a form of peer pressure, which may come in many other forms. When you are talked or coaxed into trying things or doing something you don’t like, it can be hard to say no. It can be hard to stand up for what you believe in especially when almost everyone around you or in your group is doing something different.

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Sober is Better: 20 Awesome Things You Can Do Without Drugs or Alcohol

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There are many, many activities available that are safer and more productive. Below are just 20 fun things you can do that are more awesome than getting drunk or high


These days, teens’ and young adults’ idea of fun would typically be about letting loose, drinking, partying, or even doing drugs. After all, even for grown ups, a lot of social activities involve intoxication. Though not as common as alcohol, many people from teens to young professionals, also resort to doing drugs as a form of recreation or to even augment the fun that they are experiencing.

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You CAN get high without drugs

However, these ideas of fun, happy-hour weekends, and intoxicated weekend getaways do not come with a warning. Once entrenched in this lifestyle, it will not take too long before you become hooked. Soon, you will find yourself bringing booze at work, drinking every night, popping pills, smoking crack to get out of bed, or snorting cocaine many times during the day. Addiction can come and leave you blindsided; and once you’re in, it’s going to be hard to get out.

So before you even get started on that weekend binge drinking lifestyle or accept that invitation to try “this cool drug, it won’t get you addicted” why not try other alternatives? There are many, many activities available that are safer and more productive. Below are just 20 fun things you can do that are more awesome than getting drunk or high:

  1. Play sports. Find a sport that you life and get into a local sports program or even an amateur league. Whether these are team or individual sports–or even board games like chess–there will surely be something that you like. So get started.
  2. Start reading. Visit your local library or go to a bookstore. Find a book on a topic you’re interested in, whether it’s a biography of your favorite celebrity, a novel adapted by a movie you liked, or even a graphic novel.
  3. Get crafty and artsy. Visit a hobby shop or check out arts and crafts project on the internet and start a project. Once you’re done, get another one, and another one. Who knows, you may be so good at this you can start exhibiting or selling your work.
  4. Go to a gym. These days there are plenty of workouts and other activities at the gym that you may be interested in.
  5. Take classes. You can start doing yoga, belly dancing, Zumba, pole dancing, or many other activities that you’ll enjoy while still keeping fit.
  6. Take an online course. Spending a lot of time in front of the computer, why not do something more productive by taking affordable online courses? Or watch online tutorials for graphic design, makeups, animation, music, and so many more.
  7. Take an offline course. There are plenty of schools and training centers that offer vocational courses such as reflexology, baking, automotive, cosmetology, and many more. This is a great addition to your skill set.
  8. Have a picnic. Gather up a few friends and have a picnic or cookout in a park or picnic grove. You can even go to a wakepark and spend the day trying out some watersports.
  9. Visit a zoo, aquarium, amusement park or museum. There are plenty of these locations in the metro that are great for kids and adults alike.
  10. Volunteer. Join an organization and take part in non-profit and charitable activities. These not a great way to spend your free time, you will also feel good about helping others and learning from them.
  11. Get voice or music lessons. Learn a new instrument or start playing music. Even better–start a band and play with your local choir or in local venues.
  12. Learn a new language. French, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, or German. There are plenty of languages to learn and you can do this online or offline.
  13. Travel. Once you’ve learned the languages, why not travel to those places and try out what you’ve learned. If that’s not within your budget, then just travel out of town or go sightseeing right around your city.
  14. Listen to podcasts. Instead of burning your ears listening to rumors, why not listen to podcasts instead? You can learn so many things just by listening to a different set of podcasts regularly.
  15. Go to historical landmarks. Brush up on your history lessons by going on a guided or independent tour of historical landmarks around the country. You don’t even have to move out of town or travel a long way. You can start right in your own city.
  16. Have potlucks or dinners with friends. Instead of going out for expensive dinners or partying in clubs, why not have friends over and try out different recipes? You can even host a themed potluck and enjoy each other’s dishes.
  17. Join a book/film club. Hone your critical eye by joining a club and review a book or film with other people. Widen your interests in film and literature by trying our their recommendations or make recommendations yourself.
  18. Have movie nights or series marathong. Whether with your significant other or with your friends, spend weekend nights watching a particular film genre, director, or actor. Even dig up those Dawson’s Creek, Baywatch or Melrose Place episodes and go back in time.
  19. Start gardening. Whether you’re into flowers, herbs, vegetables or fruits, why not start your own garden in your background? This is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy the excitement of harvesting the literal fruits of your labor.
  20. Get into DIY projects. Whether you’ve been wanting to have your roof fixed or your bedroom redecorated, why not try to do it yourself? It’s a great way to spend some idle time and you can also save a lot compared to having someone do the job for you.

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We may have always thought that drinking alcohol or even doing drugs can help us relax after a hard day’s work. Some even party and take ecstasy or have that occasional/recreational hit or marijuana or cocaine. We may think that we deserve it, or that it’s just normal reaction to bad news, tiring days, busy weeks, or getting together with friends.

We don’t think about the negative effects these substances have on our bodies–or that there are in fact BETTER alternatives to these activities. The things above are just 20 of hundreds more activities that you can do to reward yourself, de-stress, cope with problems, or have fun with friends.


If you have been drinking or using drugs and are finding it hard to stop, try replacing your substance-related activities with the suggestions above. However, if you think or feel that you may have a substance use problem, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Text 0917-509-8826 or Call 622-0193

Addiction vs Conscience: Why You Should Pay Attention to that Inner Voice

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Over the course of our daily life, we are faced with many decisions where our feelings or impulses are in conflict with our conscience. Often, we struggle between what is right and what we want to do.

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Fresh Out of Rehab: Patching Up Relationships in Recovery

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Addiction causes a lot of damage not only in the life of the person who is addicted, but to the people around them as well. This can be said specifically to the addict’s family and closest friends, the people who care about them the most.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction: Part 2

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In continuation of  Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction: Part 1, we are going to tackle some of the basics when it comes to addiction and how people can help themselves or their loved ones gain understanding and therefore get the help they need.

More questions will be answered below:

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Dos and Don’ts of Loving Someone with a Substance Abuse Problem

Loving someone who is struggling with alcoholism, excessive drinking, substance abuse, or any form of addiction can be hard to deal with. There are many other problems that come with this that may affect them–and you.

So if you  care for your significant other or family member, consider these things:

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It’s Your Decision, But You Can’t Do It Alone

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Maybe you have tried many times. To stop. Many, many times. You have asked your spouse to stop you from getting out of the house, or you’ve tried to hint to your family your problem. You think that your love for your partner, your family, your career or your education is motivation enough to stop using.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Addiction: Part 1

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No one plans on becoming addicted. Often, people start using drugs or alcohol as a result of curiosity, peer pressure, or the desire to unwind or have fun. Some people use to cope with problems or as a way to escape. However, at some point, their use crosses that line when it is going to be hard for them to turn back. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that they have a problem until the downward spiral has run its course.

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Delayed Gratification, Addiction, and Recovery–Explained

People will of course choose pleasure over pain. Evolution and human nature dictate it. In fact, the advances of civilizations and the human race itself throughout history have revolved around this search for pleasure and avoidance of pain.

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