Signs of Addiction: Drug Abuse Signs & Symptoms

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Identifying the signs of addiction and admitting that you or a loved one has a problem is one of the hardest steps in the recovery process. Before you decide whether you or a loved one needs help, use the information below to become familiar with some of the signs of addiction.

General Signs of Drug Addiction:

  • Keeping secrets
  • Stealing
  • Changes in social groups
  • Confusion
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia or DUI
  • Financial problems
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Changes in work or school habits
  • Problems in relationships
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Changes in energy
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Unexpected and persistent sniffles or coughs
  • Pupils that are abnormally small or larger
  • Lying

Signs of addiction vary from drug to drug. Some substances have very specific signs to watch out for.

  • Signs of marijuana abuse include memory problems, increased appetite, a lack of motivation, red eyes, and paranoia.
  • Someone who uses hallucinogens (LSD, Mushrooms) will appear to have an altered sense of reality, heightened awareness of their environment, paranoid, hallucinations, flashbacks, extreme mood swings, incoherent thoughts, and an over expression of emotions.
  • Designer Drugs (ecstasy, MDMA, ketamine) are known to produce symptoms such as clenched teeth, excessive talking and friendly behavior, chills and sweating, irrational thinking, irritability, extreme reactions to lights and/or music, drooling, and memory problems.
  • Stimulant (cocaine, crack, meth) abusers have reduced appetite, rapid speech, irritability, weight loss, aggressive or compulsive behavior, nasal congestion or track marks, and extreme happiness followed by a depressive mood.
  • Opiate (heroin, Roxicodone, Oxycodone, Morphine) abuse may lead to slowed breathing, small pupils, what appears to be drowsiness(commonly known as nodding off), needle marks, constipation, and decreased reaction to pain.
  • Depressants (alcohol, Xanax, cannabis) often have the following symptoms: drowsiness, depression, dizziness, poor memory, slurred speech, confusion, slowed breathing, poor coordination, smell like alcohol, extreme reactions and behaviors.

A few questions to ask yourself, when deciding if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, are:

  • Have you ever tried to control or stop your drug use?
  • Do you ever use drugs by yourself?
  • Have you ever lied about using drugs?
  • Do you continue to use despite consequences?
  • Do you avoid people or places because of your drug use?
  • Does the thought of not using drugs scare you?
  • Have you ever used drugs because of a negative emotion?
  • Do you think and talk a lot about drugs?
  • Has using affected any of your relationships, work environment, school environment, or normal day functions?

If you answered yes to the following questions, you might want to take a look at your drug use.

If you are ready to change your life, or have a loved one struggling with addiction, don’t be afraid to call us for help.

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