Signs of Drug Abuse

In today’s society drug abuse is a known reality. But do we know what the signs of drug abuse are in order to help someone suffering from addiction? And how will you know if you yourself are showing signs of drug addiction? Drug addiction starts as an occasional use of a drug, which then becomes a habit.

That turns into a cycle of using the substance and being dependent on it. When having withdrawal symptoms when trying to avoid using it, you know that it is an addiction. The signs of drug abuse vary from different drugs being used, but in most cases there are similar signs to look for.

Are you a candidate for addiction? If you feel the need to take something as innocent as painkillers, without experiencing any physical pain, you are in line to be the next addict. Other signs of drug abuse are when you need to take more of the substance (like alcohol) in order to get the effect you want.

Driving under the influence is also a sign of reckless behavior due to addiction. Spending most of your time using the drug or looking for the next “fix” is an addiction that is well advanced. When stealing to get the money for drugs becomes an option, you’ve already gone way too far.

Are you a family member who is concerned about another member? Here’s what to look for: A rapid or sudden change of behavior, mood swings varying from very happy to very irritable, withdrawal from society and family and not caring about personal grooming can be signs of drug abuse. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies, different sleeping patterns, red or glassy eyes and a runny nose can also be part of symptoms and signs of drug abuse.

Signs of Drug Abuse

If you find objects like pipes or glass bottle necks, or strange leaves or seeds in your loved ones apartment he or she is very likely busy with drug abuse. Sometimes drug addicts also engage in what is called drug culture when they abuse drugs.

This will include magazines relating to drugs, music which promotes the use of drugs and wearing clothes with drug related symbols on them. Memory lapses and difficulty in concentration can also be signs of drug abuse. Behavior abuse can also include dishonesty, anger bursts, no self-discipline, and reduced motivation.

There are very definite symptoms involved in various drugs. In short the symptoms for various drugs are:

Marijuana Abuse Signs

  1. Paranoid behavior can also occur.
  2. Alteration on one’s senses of sight, taste and hearing.
  3. There is a decrease in memory and the heart rate and blood pressure is higher.
  4. There can also be a decrease in coordination and concentration and increased appetite.

Abuse Signs of Nervous System Depressants

  • Anxiety
  • Mumbling
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Bad coordination
  • Impaired judgment
  • Low blood pressure

Alcohol Abuse Signs

  • Clumsy
  • Mumbling
  • Bad judgment
  • Dilated pupils
  • Legal Problems
  • Drinking to relax
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bad sleeping patterns
  • Neglecting responsibility

Cocaine and Meth Abuse Signs

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Low appetite
  • Rapid speech
  • Irritability
  • Losing weight
  • Being restless
  • Running fevers
  • Nasal congestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Outbursts of happiness

Heroin Abuse Signs

  • Vomiting
  • Paranoia
  • Nodding off
  • Needle marks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Coughing and sniffing
  • Trouble feeling of pain
  • Pupils not responding to light

Inhalant Abuse Signs

  • Fainting
  • Mumbling
  • Headaches
  • Clumsiness
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of smell
  • Unconsciousness
  • Outbursts of happiness
  • Short term memory loss

Rashes around the nose and mouth and poor muscle control can also be signs.

LSD Abuse Signs

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Dilated pupils
  • Muscle contractions
  • Irregular heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in perception

Club Drugs and Ecstasy Abuse Signs

  • Altered taste
  • Memory loss
  • Bad judgment
  • Altered sight
  • High blood pressure
  • Trouble staying awake
  • Outbursts of happiness
  • Altered sense of sound
  • Decreased coordination

Parents should be more aware of the whereabouts of their children especially when they reach puberty, however recent studies have shown that children start abusing drugs at a younger age every year. It is therefore important to keep these signs of drug abuse in mind and be aware of it in order to help your children or loved ones, should any of these signs appear.

Children should also familiarize themselves with these signs in case of parental drug abuse it does not matter one’s gender or age. Although rehabilitation and recovery is neither an overnight process nor a walk in the park, there is hope. The issue of drug abuse should not be taken lightly, as it could result in the death of a loved one.

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