How to Know if Someone is Using and Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

By: Jennifer McDougall

The signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse can usually be recognized quickly. Sometimes though, it takes more time to notice the collective traits. If you are suspicious of a loved one abusing drugs or alcohol here are several clues:

  • Bloodshot (glazy red) eyes
  • Enlarged or smaller sized pupils than usual
  • Deterioration in physical appearance (uneven skin tone, decreased grooming, severe weight gain, or weight loss)
  • Sudden change in sleep pattern or pretends to be sick
  • Hyped up behavior and saying things that make no sense
  • Bad hygiene (bad breathe, clothes smell, teeth begin to yellow, eyes appear droopy)
  • Suddenly prefers to spend a majority of their time alone
  • Neglects responsibilities
  • Disappears and gives no explanation
  • On-going money troubles (constantly complains of a lack of funds)
  • Slow motor skills, delayed reactions, and slurred speech
  • Sudden need for money and experiences unexplained financial issues
  • Behaviors seem to be shady, secretive, or suspicious
  • Change is circle of friends, hobbies, interests, and preferred places to hang out
  • Lack of motivation or drive to work or study
  • Unusual anxiety and fear
  • Increased anger, mood swings and a change in attitude
  • Personality changes
  • Fighting, stealing, or illegal activity

If you notice any of these personality or character trait changes in your friend or loved one talk to them first.   If they are resistant, there is likely an issue that needs to be addressed.  Be patient, but don’t hesitate to seek help.

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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