Signs of Drug Abuse

signs drugs abuse

Are you concerned that someone in your family may be abusing drugs? The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose has reached crisis levels in the United States, so you are justified in being vigilant. If you have any questions about symptoms of drug abuse or the process of seeking treatment, call us at 888-267-8070.

Physical Clues of Drug Use

A combination of any of these symptoms might be indicative of drug or alcohol abuse, particularly after long absences or times when your loved might have been using:

  • Fluctuation in weight
  • Red or glossy eyes
  • Shaking hands
  • Dilated/constricted pupils
  • Bruises, sores or infections

Social and Behavioral Clues of Drug Abuse

Here are common symptoms that families of those who are developing an addiction commonly report:

  1. Irritability – from withdrawals, or even from being under the influence of many drugs
  2. Lack of interest in old activities – their focus is shifting to obtaining and using their drug of choice
  3. Secretive behavior – including long or unexplained absences from family functions or work
  4. Stealing or lying – these behaviors are very common, due to the expense and secretive nature of drug abuse

When does Abuse Become a Problem?

Some addictive substances are legal to use, such as alcohol and prescription drugs, so it can be difficult to know how serious the problem is.  There are a couple of guidelines that addiction professionals use to gauge the seriousness of the problem. Abuse could be happening if your loved one:

  • States they will quit (or take a break from) the substance and then uses sooner than previously planned
  • Uses more of the drug than they intended to use
  • Gets defensive if asked about their drug use
  • Experiences negative consequences and continues using the substance

Synergy Can Help

When it comes to the well-being of your loved one, there is absolutely no downside to getting the input of a trained addiction counselor. The insidious nature of addiction has ensnared many people, regardless of background. The epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose make early detection of drug abuse even more crucial, due to the reality that every use of opiates can result in an overdose, or death.

When you call our center, our intake counselor will discuss the signs and symptoms of your family member’s possible drug use, and make recommendations. If your family member is indeed abusing drugs or alcohol, we can help explain what types of treatment are available and what might be a good fit for your family.  Call us today at 888-267-8070.

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