If you are concerned that a loved one is suffering with addiction, it is important to know that help is available. By learning about drug abuse and addiction along with its signs and symptoms you will have a better understanding for the problem and the best way to deal with it.
First, it is important to understand that people experiment with drugs for many different reasons. The risk of addiction and how quickly a person becomes addicted varies by drug. As time passes, the user may require larger doses of the drug to achieve a high or may become dependent on the drug just to feel normal. Withdrawals may happen when the user attempts to stop using the drug.
Physical warning signs of drug abuse include:
- Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
- Unusual smells on clothing, body or breath
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
Behavioral signs of drug abuse include:
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems
- Drop in attendance and performance at school or work
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
- Frequently getting into trouble (getting arrested, getting into accidents)
- Sudden change in interests including hobbies and friends
Physiological Signs of drug abuse include:
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude
- Mood swings
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation
- Periods of anxiousness, fearfulness, or paranoia for no reason
If you are seeking guidance and support for a loved one who is suffering from drug abuse or addiction, please call A New Start, Inc. today. Our intensive outpatient drug abuse treatment center is available to help. We offer support and treatment for patients and their families at our intensive outpatient program. For more information, please do not hesitate to call us today at 1.844.TALK.ANS.