Drug Abuse Signs: Physical, Psychological, & Behavioral Signs

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Drug Abuse Signs

Drug Abuse Signs

Drug abuse is serious and signs of drug abuse should not be ignored. Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease if left untreated. Fortunately, recovery from a drug addiction is possible and help is available. If addiction is left untreated, addicts are destined to a life of jails, institution, or death. This is why it is so crucial to be aware of the signs of drug abuse, so that struggling individuals can receive the help they so desperately need and deserve. Drug users often lie about their dependency; they may be in denial about the severity of their addiction, or the haze of drugs may prevent them from facing reality. Although your loved one may attempt to lie, manipulate, or hide their drug use, there are certain signs to be aware of in terms of the addict’s behaviors, emotions, and physical symptoms.

Physical Signs of Drug Abuse

  • Weight loss/weight gain
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Pupils that are dilated or constricted
  • Nosebleeds
  • Incoherent or slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination
  • Shakes or tremors
  • Change in appetite/sleep patterns

Psychological Signs of Drug Abuse:

  • Mood swings
  • Paranoid
  • Withdrawn
  • Anxious
  • Irritable
  • Changes in persona
  • Sudden bursts of anger
  • Unusual hyperactivity

Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse:

  • Depression
  • Borrowing or stealing
  • Lack of motivation
  • Financial problems
  • Missing money or valuables
  • Secretive
  • Getting into trouble frequently
  • Sudden changes in relationships
  • Complaints about behavioral changes

These lists report some of the physical, psychological, and behavioral drug abuse signs, but there are other symptoms that could indicate your loved one is struggling with addiction. If you notice that your loved one is meeting this criteria, but you do not know where to turn for help, give Addiction Intervention Now a call today. We are here to help you and your loved one receive the addiction help you need. Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of; rather, it is a disease that requires professional assistance and support. At Addiction Intervention Now, we believe every addict can recover from the disease of addiction. Call us today at (800) 208-8680. Help is available, and recovery from addiction is indeed possible.