Substance Abuse Warning Signs

Substance abuse is not bias and affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. I speak from experience when I say that one may not realize that they are abusing any substance (drugs and/or alcohol), there are always signs of abuse and addiction.

It does not matter what the reason is that a person starts taking drugs, abusing alcohol or any other potentially harmful substance. As I experienced tolerance and dependency can develop quickly, before the user even realizes the pattern of addiction taking hold. It is when tolerance becomes a full-blown addiction that reality can become a nightmare as the addiction takes over must, if not all, aspects of your life. Breaking the addiction is an epic battle that far too many succumb to the depths of the darkness that is addiction.

Breaking free from the grasps of any addiction often requires outside help. Drug and substance abuse wreaks havoc on the body and mind and sadly in many cases leads to death.

When you realize that you or someone you love has a problem, it’s essential to get help right away. If you or someone you know needs treatment for drug abuse, we can help.

Here are a few signs, physical and behavioral, that you can look for, signs that could be tell-tale signs that someone is battling the demons of addiction.

Physical Symptoms:

Studies have proven that some of the most noticeable symptoms of drug abuse are those that affect the body’s inner workings. As tolerance levels build the user will feel that they need more and more of the substance to attain the “high” that they are wanting. The worst part about many drugs and other harmful substances is that the chemical makeup of the drug/substance creates a physical need, the body literally has to have the substance in order to function in many cases. The diminishing effects of a drug can set in after the first use (especially when abused, as in taking more than prescribed or more than one’s physical body type and condition can handle – in many cases there is no way to know what your body can handle before harmful or even life threatening effects take hold).  After that first “high” the user constantly tries to replicate the first high he or she gets from the drug and can only accomplish that by taking more and more. Obviously this is extremely dangerous and can quickly lead to overdose and many, many complications, physically and mentally.

Here are a few physical conditions you may be able to notice in someone who may be abusing drugs and/or alcohol:

  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes.
  • Dilated or constricted pupils.
  • Abrupt weight changes.
  • Bruises, infections, or other physical signs at the drug’s entrance site on the body.
  • Appearance of being disoriented or confused.
  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
  • Persistent interpersonal problems.
  • Neglecting important work, school, or home obligations.
  • Weight loss.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Severe itching.
  • Intermittent, periodic euphoria and apathy.
  • Vomiting.
  • Depression.
  • Problems with concentration or memory.

These are just a few of the most prominent signs to look for. If you suspect someone is abusing drugs and/or is a addict, do not hesitate to step in and accost them about your concerns. Drug and substance abuse causes a disruption to normal brain functioning by altering the normal chemical (hormonal) state, this causes changes in personality. The person may not be “themselves”, they could and often do become defensive at accusations of abuse. I would rather have a temporarily upset friend or loved one than a dead one.

Learning to recognize the physical and/or behavioral signs of drug abuse can help prevent the problem from progressing further and can help literally save a life.

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