SignsofDrugAbuseSigns of Drug Abuse

Recognizing drug abuse in someone close to you can be difficult because often those using drugs go to great lengths to disguise their usage. Because of this, a drug abuse problem can go unnoticed for long periods of time, taking spouses and family members by surprise when the addiction is finally apparent. However, obvious signs of drug abuse exist and if there is concern about someone, watching for these warning signs can be helpful. Below are some major physical, behavioral, and emotional signs of drug abuse:

  • Sudden changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Disputes and contention with others
  • Problems paying attention
  • Paranoia
  • Injection marks
  • Frequent itching
  • Changes in skin coloration
  • Seizures
  • Suspicious behavior
  • Monetary changes
  • Changes in hygienic habits
  • Impairments
  • Personality changes
  • Diminished interest in hobbies or social activities
  • Changes in friendships
  • Sudden reduction in motivational levels
  • Criticisms from peers and superiors
  • Defensiveness
  • Lethargy or hyperactivity
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Frequent bloody noses


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