Is My Son a Substance Abuser?

01 July, 2017
Q How can I know if my son is a substance abuser?


As-Salamu ‘Alaykum,

Thank you for your question. It is a bit difficult to answer such a general question. However, it is a very important question that all parents should be aware of. I pray that it helps. Please write us back with any follow-up questions you might have…

  • Your child’s behavior changes drastically
  • Becomes less interested in his appearance
  • Is not the alert person you used to know, and may even become lazy, unclear, unable to concentrate, and a general lack of interest
  • Comes home later and later
  • Eyes red all the time
  • Appears to be unfit – breathes as if he is always out of breath
  • Addicted to cold or cough medicines (to get a high), and may even be inhaling household items that give the same effect.
  • Maintains questionable friendships, not like before.
  • Mush thinner than normal
  • Binge Eating


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About Dr. Abd. Lateef Krauss Abdullah
Dr. Abd. Lateef Krauss Abdullah is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Study’s Community Education and Youth Studies Laboratory, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware (U.S.), his M.S. from Columbia University (U.S.) and his PhD from the Institute for Community & Peace Studies (PEKKA), Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2005 in the field of Youth Studies. Abd. Lateef is an American who has been living in Malaysia since 2001. He is married and has 2 children.