If you’ve ever faced a drug addiction or know someone who has, it can be a terrible ordeal to go through. Most of us have never gone through this and don’t know the first thing about dealing with drug addiction. Whether it’s yourself or a family member, there are certain signs of drug addiction that you can detect early on and later on as the addiction sets in. In this article, I am going to discuss some of the most notable signs of drug addiction that you should be aware of.
First, how is the person’s mood? If someone’s been unusually moody for the past couple of months, or they are having depression and anger issues, this could be an early sign of drug addiction. Approach the subject lightly if you are going to bring it up at all. yelling and threatening someone with a serious drug addiction could be detrimental to their well being, and could backfire on you if you are not careful. Look for emotional instability as one of the first signs of addiction.
Next, try to look for physical signs. So-called ‘speed freaks’ will twitch a lot and have jumpy movements. Cocaine and other related drug addicts will scratch themselves a lot (you’ll find this often with people addicted to crack cocaine). Lack of motivation, response time, personal hygiene, and ambition are all big signs of physical drug addiction. If your buddy’s hand is shaking when he’s grabbing a drink from the fridge, he doesn’t have Parkinson’s Disease but is developing some type of physical addiction.
Lastly, notice if they are always broke and always need money. A lot of drug addicts are lazy, or their job doesn’t pay them enough money to afford the high-quality black market drugs they need, so they’ll rob places and steal from their loved ones. If you’ve been stolen from recently, it might be one of your friends or family members trying to pawn off your goods for some extra cash, to inevitably support their drug habit. If this is happening right under your nose, you need to put an end to it immediately and make sure they get treatment for their addiction. Allowing behavior like this to continue, just encourages the drug user to keep on doing it.
When someone turns to drug abuse or alcohol to cope with problems or to fit in with others, it isn’t something that may be noticed by others right away. If you directly ask the person, there is a 99 percent chance they will deny that they have an addiction problem. They may dismiss the question, saying that they relax once in a while with friends using recreational drugs, but don’t have a substance abuse problem.
One good clue can be to look at someone’s eyes. Does the person seem to stare out into space a lot, have bloodshot eyes or appear much less attentive than in the past? Someone who is getting high with pot may also be very much in the present moment but his thought process is somewhere else. In terms of a speed addiction to amphetamines, the person may seem overly hyper or energetic. People like different drugs for different effects and the signs and symptoms will vary.
If you are a parent, try to be aware if you smell a scent on your teen’s clothing after he takes a walk. Does he seem to crave his privacy? Is your child being more defensive and secretive? Are you seeing large mood shifts such as uncontrollable laughter over things that don’t seem that funny? Is there any change in study habits or school grades? Adolescence is a difficult period due to hormonal changes, so some of these characteristics can also apply to normal adolescent growth.
There are many things that you as a parent can do to help your children stay away from drugs and begin to make good choices at an early stage in life. Talk to them about the dangers of taking drugs. Explain to them why taking drugs can hurt their health and their future. Create a safe home environment for you and your children, and keep people away from your home who misuse drugs.
There are many drug addiction signs out there. Some are painfully obvious and some are not, and that is why you need to keep a watchful eye on those you suspect are abusing drugs. Mood, emotion, mental and physical well being, all play a role in your goal of trying to help someone stop abusing illicit substances. Use your senses and be alert at all times if you suspect someone you love is abusing drugs and get the help they need before it’s too late.
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