Spotting Concealed Use of Hydrocodone in Schools

Spotting Concealed Use of Hydrocodone in Schools

A school is a community unto itself, with its own rules, leaders, set of morals, guidelines for acceptable behavior, and punishments for failure to follow the rules. Each school is also comprised of several subcultures formed by students’ gender, socioeconomic status, social standing, and shared interest. Every school will have its athletes, geeks, mean girls, scholars, cliques and any number of other groups. One other sub-group in a school is comprised of students who use drugs like hydrocodone. Students in this category think they can hide their addiction from teachers, classmates and family members. In fact, using drugs is seen as a normal rite of passage for many students, a part of growing up. However, you can spot hidden hydrocodone addiction by looking for several signs.

Common signs of concealed hydrocodone addiction in schools include:

  • Behavioral change. Hydrocodone addiction changes a student’s behavior. A person will become lethargic and slow to move and react. He or she might appear depressed. A normally compliant student will become belligerent, rebellious, disrespectful and defiant of teachers, parents and rules. Look for abnormal behavior for a person’s personality.
  • Changes in friendships. When a person become addicted to hydrocodone, he will often change his social circle. He will develop friendships with others who use drugs or supply the drugs to him. At the same time, he will abandon friends he used to have. If you suspect a student is abusing hydrocodone, pay attention to his friends. His social circle is a telling sign of his activities.
  • Loss of interests. Someone who becomes addicted to hydrocodone will lose interest in activities that were once important. He will drop out of clubs, quit sports, stop dating and stop spending money on hobbies like music or clothes. Instead, an addict’s sole interest will be centered on hydrocodone. He will only think about when he can use again, where he can get his next supply of hydrocodone, and where he can get money to fund his addiction.
  • Shoddy appearance. Normally, students care about their appearance, even if they claim it doesn’t matter to them. When a person becomes addicted to hydrocodone, his appearance will change. He will stop shaving, stop bathing and be unconcerned about what he wears. His clothes will often be disheveled and wrinkled. He may even wear the same clothes several days in a row.
  • Drop in grades. When a student is addicted to hydrocodone, nothing else matters. An addict will lack motivation to perform well in school. He or she will sleep in class or even skip class or school altogether, mostly to go somewhere to use drugs.
  • Defensiveness. When a hydrocodone addict is trying to hide his addiction from others, he will become defensive when questioned about his behavior. He will try to avoid questions, blow up in anger when asked even a benign question about his actions or behavior.

These are just a few of the signs that may indicate a person is addicted to hydrocodone. Others will surface based on the individual. Most often, the combination of these signs will point to a hidden addiction.

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