|What Are The Warning Signs Of Drug Abuse?|
|Monday, 24 January 2011 05:00|
Indicators Of Drug Use In A Loved One
Find out how to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse or addiction in yourself or someone you care about. When these problems are faced and thoughtfully addressed, there is hope for overcoming drug abuse and addiction. Bellow is a list of indicators to look for.
- Weight loss;
- Dilated pupils;
- Selling and /or pawning of things;
- Funny smells on clothes;
- Missing prescription drugs;
- Problems/changes in sleeping habits;
- Seeds or leaves that look like dried herbs;
- Withdrawal from hobbies, sports/social teams, family life, circle of friends;
- Changes in values, lack of ethics and morals;
- Increased appetite and/or decreased appetite;
- Increased secrecy about possessions or activities;
- Marked change in behavior ranging from hostility to violence;
- Problems with memory, difficulty concentrating, paranoid thinking;
- School/Work performance, declining grades, increased absences, reported truancy;
- Sudden use of incense, room freshener, or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors;
- Changes in energy level, having unusual amounts of energy or increased fatigue;
- Paying bills late, collection agencies calling, inability to keep track of your money;
- Subtle changes in conversations with friends, e.g. more secretive, using foul language;
- Experiencing problems with friends, roommate(s), significant other, family members, friends, teachers, etc;
- Smells of substances (common substances are alcohol, and marijuana, which has a sweet, burnt odor);
- Cheeks start to sink in (i.e. face looks to tight and sunk in which is most associated with the use of Meth);
- Staying away form local residence, permanent home or peer group for long and unexplained periods of time;
- Unusual requests for money without reasonable explanations for why they need it, discovering money has been stolen from your home or wallet, or finding objects missing which may have been sold to support a drug habit;
- Drug paraphernalia (rolling papers, bongs, pipes (metal/colorful glass), straitened paper clips with a residue on them, bent spoons, spoons with residue, short glass tubes (clean/dirty), tin foil, tubes, scales, plastic baggies (different sizes), glass vials w/ tops, metal screens for faucets, needles, cotton balls or q-tips, cut straws, cigarette cellophane bags lying around with residue or a leafy substance in them, marijuana stems (looks almost like grape stems), butane lighters, torch lighters, and hand held blow torches, empty plastic film canisters, blunt wraps (cigar paper that is used for marijuana, but can also be laced with any drug (crushed and sprinkled on the pot), Razor blades (used to cut cocaine into lines to snort), mirrors, etc.).
Telltale Signs Of Drug Use Or Addiction
Those were just some of the signs that a person is using/abusing alcohol or other drugs. Now we will look into the signs that point to the strong possibility that the person has progressed from abusing substances to being addicted to alcohol or other drugs.
What Can I Do About It?
Now that you have identified that there is a problem in you or someone you love or know. How do you get help? Contact us anytime at 032-2315229 or 032-2389143. Our goal is to help you in any way we can.