There are signs of drug addiction that you can watch for, which indicate that you or someone you love might be abusing an illicit drug.
When you take a drug, do you:
- Need to use more of it each time – People build up a tolerance to drugs that make them less effective the more often you take them. Someone who has to take just a little more each time may be developing an addiction.
- Develop cravings for the drug when you do not use it – the brain gets used to its effect. When you stop drug use, your brain chemistry is out of balance. Urges and cravings work to stimulate you to use it again and thus put things back into “balance.”
- Experience withdrawal when the drug wears off – symptoms like shakiness, nausea, and vomiting are signs of withdrawal. The imbalance in the brain created by stopping drug use translates into physical withdrawal symptoms.
- Want to use the drug despite adverse consequences – Losing a job, getting arrested, not being able to pay your rent, etc. are all potential consequences of using illicit drugs. People with an addiction disorder may still want the drug even though negative things are happening because of drug use.
- Struggle to control your drug use – you might set boundaries for yourself, like only getting the drug once a week or taking half what you usually do, and find you are still unable to control your use.
- Do things that are out of character for you to continue drug use – Like taking money from a family member, lying to family and friends about where you are, avoiding people who are concerned about your drug use or stealing at work.
- Find people around you are concerned – Friends, family, and even co-workers may be concerned and begin asking about your drug use. They may try to get you to stop and suggest rehab.
- Stop taking care of yourself – Poor hygiene, sleep, eating habits, and general self-care become less important.
Sometimes friends and family are the first to identify a problem. Often you may see significant changes in your loved one, including:
- Changes in personality or frequent moodiness
- Bloodshot eyes
- Pinpoint pupils
- Bloody nose
- Changes in routine
- Poor hygiene
- Financial problems
- Personal problems, like issues with relationships
- Work problems, like getting fired or being put on probation
- Track marks (signs of injections)
- Antisocial behavior such as avoiding friends
- Hanging out with a new crowd
- Issues with the law
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