THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL TO ALL SUPER MAMAS. WAKE UP. WATCH OUT. KNOW THE SIGNS.
A great campaign was launched a few weeks ago across the country with the simple word #OU3A – an Arabic word that means WATCH OUT or WAKE UP.
We as parents need to wake up to the possibility that our children might be more susceptible to drugs.
The belief that “there is no way my child will ever try or have drugs” is not that simple anymore. Peer pressure in schools, universities, and online is making our job as parents harder and harder… but WE CAN AND ARE STRONGER THAN THIS!
The #OU3A campaign was to bring awareness to the Dahr el Bechek Governmental Hospital Drug Rehabilitation Center offering DRUG DETOX for patients at very affordable prices before the patients can be sent to Drug centers for further physical and mental rehabilitation.
But it starts with us as parents.
50% of patients that are admitted to the DGUH center are between the age of 18-28 years old – this means that children were introduced to drugs as young as 10 YEARS OLD for them to have reached the age of 17 and to have established a critical drug problem that needs hospitalization!
85% of patients admitted are addicted to Heroine – DGUH data
Below are a few warning signs to WATCH OUT FOR!
- Messy, shows lack of caring for appearance
- Poor hygiene
- Red, flushed cheeks or face
- Track marks on arms or legs (or long sleeves in warm weather to hide marks)
- Burns or soot on fingers or lips (from “joints” or “roaches” burning down)
Personal Habits or Actions
- Clenching teeth
- Smell of smoke or other unusual smells on breath or on clothes
- Chewing gum or mints to cover up breath
- Heavy use of over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening, nasal irritation, or bad breath
- Frequently breaks curfew
- Cash flow problems
- Reckless driving, car accidents, or unexplained dents in the car
- Avoiding eye contact
- Locked doors
- Going out every night
- Secretive phone calls
- “Munchies” or sudden appetite
Behavioral Issues Associated with Teen Substance Abuse
- Change in relationships with family members or friends
- Loss of inhibitions
- Mood changes or emotional instability
- Loud, obnoxious behavior
- Laughing at nothing
- Unusually clumsy, stumbling, lack of coordination, poor balance
- Sullen, withdrawn, depressed
- Unusually tired
- Silent, uncommunicative
- Hostility, anger, uncooperative behavior
- Deceitful or secretive
- Makes endless excuses
- Decreased Motivation
- Lethargic movement
- Unable to speak intelligibly, slurred speech, or rapid-fire speech
- Inability to focus
- Unusually elated
- Periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of “catch up” sleep
- Disappearances for long periods of time
School- or Work-Related Issues
- Loss of interest in schoolwork
- Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, or sports
- Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work
- Complaints from teachers or co-workers
- Reports of intoxication at school or work
Health Issues Related to Teen Substance Abuse
- Runny nose, not caused by allergies or a cold
- Frequent sickness
- Sores, spots around mouth
- Queasy, nauseous
- Wetting lips or excessive thirst (known as “cotton mouth”)
- Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain
- Skin abrasions/bruises
- Accidents or injuries
If you feel your child may be starting or passing through a problem – ASK FOR HELP!
CALL DGUH on 04 872 138
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