Drug Addiction Signs:How to Tell If Someone You Care About Uses Drugs!

Drug Addiction Signs:How to Tell If Someone You Care About Uses Drugs!

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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  1. Babsie Wagner January 7, 2019 at 5:00 am - Reply

    Thank you for writing this article.  I dealt with drug addiction in a good friend of mine, and I wish I had known the signs earlier.  Friends told me something was up, but I thought it was maybe depression over life events, or aging, I had no idea, and when I found out what was actually going on I felt foolish and guilty.  I was giving her money a lot, trying to “help her out” but I wasn’t helping, obviously.  I hope your article can help someone else avoid the pitfalls I went through.  My friend is in treatment now, and she’s doing so much better.  We are all supporting her in the right way now.

    • Delores January 7, 2019 at 5:49 am - Reply

      Babsie, Sometimes it’s not easy to find out because that person doesn’t want you to know. He/she will find different excuses just to distract you from the real problem at hand. It’s sad you have to deal with that behavior but the good thing about it, you helped and supported her. I do hope everything will work out for her.

      Have a lovely day.

  2. Nuttanee January 7, 2019 at 5:09 am - Reply

    As a former bar/club manager, I have seen a lot of drug users and also addicts. All the signs that you mentioned are on point. I have this regular customer who is/was a cocaine addict, he used to work for the Meserati of Manhattan. He was very good at what he is doing, he got promoted to be the sale manager and also taking care of the 2 branches in Manhattan. He would come in ordered a big pint of beer right when we have just opened the bar for business. Went to the bathroom, looking all shaky and sweaty and downed that pint of beer. This did not include many events where he would party at our club and tried to challenge people that he can finish the whole bottle of Jameson in one shot if anyone wants to bet and give $50. I banned him from the bar 2 times. When I left my job I head that he was banned again. Recently, I heard that he admitted himself in a rehab in Florida. I reached out to him to make sure that he is ok, which he is and he also apologized for what he has done in the past. I can just only hope that he doesn’t go off the rail again. 

    Because of that the guy lost his job and moved back to live with his parents in Long Island. I guess my long story is, we all deal with problems differently. If we are all be a little attentive and start listening and paying attention to our loved ones this type of situation will less likely to happen.

    Will share your post to all my friends who have kids. 

    Take care

    • Delores January 7, 2019 at 5:31 am - Reply

      Nuttanee, Thanks for your comment. It’s hard to see people you care about in these situations. It can be a difficult spot to be in as sometimes you are helpless and cannot get through to that person. I am glad that you reached out to him and he got help early before his condition got worse.

      Thanks for reading and all the best to you.

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