Sign: Money or Valuables Missing
“I thought I was losing my mind. I couldn’t find a pair of earrings, so I assumed I’d put them down someplace and maybe would find them later when cleaning. I thought I had $60.00 in my wallet, and was embarrassed in the store line when I only had a twenty AND my credit card was missing. My son swears he didn’t take it, my husband surely didn’t take it, and when I called the credit card company there had been a number of charges I didn’t make.”
By the time the money starts disappearing, the problem has probably been going on for a while. As teens get more involved in alcohol and drugs, they need more financial resources to get their illegal substances.
This does not mean that if this sign is missing there isn’t a problem. Unfortunately, there are many household items that can be used as mood-changing drugs. Sniffing glue, paint thinners, and other extremely dangerous practices have increased, especially among younger teens who have less independence and cannot obtain harder-to-find drugs.