Drug addicts often try to hide their symptoms and do not give importance to their problem. If you are worried that a friend or family member may be abusing drugs, look for the following signs (or read our full guide on the physical and psychological signs of each specific addiction).
Physical warning signs of drug abuse
- Bloody eyes, the pupils larger or smaller than normal.
- Changes in appetite or sleep. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- The deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits.
- Odd odors in the breath, body or clothing.
- Tremors, difficulty speaking or coordination problems.
The behavioral signs of drug abuse
- Decreased performance at work or school.
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems. You can borrow or steal to get it.
- Participate in secret or suspicious meetings.
- Sudden change of friends, favorite meeting places and hobbies.
- Frequent problems (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
- Sudden changes in mood, irritability or explosions of anger.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, dizziness.
- Lack of motivation, seems lethargic or “spaced.”
- You have fear, anxiety or paranoia, for no reason.
Warning signs of drug abuse among adolescents:
Although experimenting with drugs does not automatically lead to abuse, early use is a risk factor for the development of addiction. The risk of drug abuse also increases tremendously during transition periods, such as changing schools, moving or divorcing. The challenge for parents is to distinguish between the normal things of adolescence and the red flags of drug abuse. These include:
- Having bloody eyes or dilated pupils, use eye drops to mask these signs.
- Skip classes; Decrease in grades, problems at school.
- Lack of money, valuables of the house.
- Acting strangely isolated, withdrawn, angry or depressed.
- Leave one group of friends for another, being reserved on the new group of friends.
- Loss of interest in past hobbies; Lying about new interests and activities.
- Demand greater privacy, closing doors, avoiding eye contact.