Drug Addiction

If you think you or a loved one might have a problem with drug or substance abuse, it’s time to take a closer look at the signs and symptoms. An honest assessment of your personal situation can help you determine if a substance has taken control of your life—so you can get the help you need. Warning signs of drug addiction may include:

Physical signs:

  • Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, change in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Tremors, slurred speech, slowed or staggering walk, poor physical coordination
  • Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness
  • Bloodshot, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare
  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes
  • Runny nose or hacking cough
  • Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet
  • Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating
  • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing

Behavioral signs:

  • Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause, such as difficulty in paying attention, forgetfulness, moodiness, irritability or nervousness, silliness or giddiness
  • Change in friends, new hangouts, sudden avoidance of old friends, avoids talking about new friends, friends are known drug users
  • Change in activities or hobbies
  • Drop in grades at school or performance at work, skips or is late for school or work
  • Excessive need for privacy, unreachable
  • Extreme hyperactivity, excessively talkative
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior, paranoia
  • Car accidents
  • Chronic dishonesty
  • Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items
  • Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
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