Symptoms and Signs of Drug Abuse


If you have concerns that your loved one has a drug or alcohol problem and have noticed changes within them, there are some symptoms and signs of drug abuse you should be aware of. These signs and symptoms should not be ignored and will not go away on their own. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, and remember that help is available should your loved one have a problem.

Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse

  • Getting into trouble at school, declining grades, and skipping class
  • Declined attendance at work, loss of interest in hobbies or other activities
  • Complaints from teachers, co-workers, or supervisors
  • Becoming more private, locking doors, avoiding people
  • Financial problems, borrowing, or stealing money
  • Change in friends or favorite hangouts

Physical Signs of Drug Abuse

  • Frequent nose bleeds (a possible sign of snorting drugs)
  • Bloodshot eyes (and the use of eye drops to mask them)
  • Unusual smelling breath or clothing
  • Deterioration of appearance and grooming habits
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Impaired coordination, slurred speech, tremors
  • Change in sleep patterns and appetite

Psychological Signs of Drug Abuse

  • Irritability and mood swings including angry fits
  • Change in attitude and personality
  • Paranoid or anxious behavior
  • No motivation, spaced out
  • Times of hyperactivity, giddiness, or agitation

Identifying the symptoms and signs of drug abuse early can help the abuse from turning into dependence or alcoholism. Support can come from anyone and is essential to recovery. There are many treatment options available and Bridgeway Behavioral Health can help you choose the best option. Whether you need encouragement, guidance, or support give us a call today and get help now at 866-758-1152.

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