By learning about the warning signs of drug abuse, you will be better equipped to recognize them. Some people who are on prescription drugs with no intentions of becoming addicted may fall into the trap. It is vital to recognize the physical, behavioral, and psychological signs of drug abuse for yourself and for your loved ones so you can stop addiction now!
Warning Signs for Yourself
By recognizing the symptoms of drug abuse that you may be having, you will have greater chances of recovery in the long run. It can be scary to accept the fact that you may have a problem and even scarier to get help, but it is necessary for your well-being. See if you’ve noticed any of these changes:
Physical: You may realize that you have a higher tolerance than you’ve had in the past. Also, you may begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal — nausea, depression, helplessness, shaking, anxiety, paranoia, etc.— if you don’t have your medication.
Behavioral: When you begin to notice that you base your daily schedule off of your drug use, you may be developing an addiction. Start paying attention to whether or not you are keeping up with your typical routine; for example, have you been skipping work more often and not enjoying your usual hobbies?
Psychological: See if you’ve been having relationship problems with your friends and family; have you been distant? Have you noticed mood swings or inconsistent attitudes Recognize the signs of psychological differences within yourself.
Warning Signs for a Loved One
Detecting the signs of drug abuse in a loved one can be much harder than detecting the signs within yourself; there are certain characteristics to watch out for. See if you’ve noticed any of these differences in your loved one:
Physical: Watch out for your loved one if you notice them having bloodshot eyes and abnormally sized pupils (either bigger or smaller). Have they gained or lost a lot of weight recently, and have they been slacking on grooming, like taking a shower and brushing their teeth? Changes in eating and sleeping patterns are also a noticeable sign.
Behavioral: Notice if your loved one has been having financial trouble; have they been having an extra need for money? If they are suffering from drug abuse, they may also begin having relationship problems and acting in ways different from their usual. Be on the lookout for shady and unusual behaviors.
Psychological: People experiencing drug abuse may have changes in their moods while also being more irritable, aggressive, or hyperactive. You know your loved one’s typical personality, so watch out for any usual personality changes in them. You’ll feel like they “aren’t really there,” and have a hard time paying attention.
What Do You Do if You or a Loved One has a Drug Problem?
You: Don’t be in denial with your problem; recognize the signs and symptoms and accept it. Don’t be afraid to get support from friends or family and get help. Your physical and mental health is worth it!
A loved one: Once you think that your loved one has a drug problem, talk to them about it. They may not take it well, but let them know that you are there for them. Encourage them to join addiction forums for added support.
Drug abuse is a serious problem that can affect anyone. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, get help now! For more information on addiction treatment how to prevent it, call Safe Prevention at 1-877-503-2608 today.