Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

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Drug abuse is so rampant in our current society that almost everyone knows someone who’s addicted. With overdoses happening every day around the country, now, more than every it’s crucial that everyone gets educated on drugs and addiction. One of the questions that comes up time and time again is “How can I tell if my family member/spouse/child/friend is addicted to drugs?” We want everyone to be able to recognize the signs symptoms of drug addiction so that a person struggling with substance abuse is able to get the help they so desperately need.

Physical signs of drug addiction:

  • Red or glassy eyes, or a “million mile stare”
  • Impaired speech and/or motor coordination
  • Chronic runny nose, hacking cough, or flu-like symptoms (caused by withdrawal)
  • Needle marks or “track marks”
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Change in eating or sleeping habits
  • Shaky hands, feet or head
  • Nausea, vomiting, or excessive sweating
  • Open sores on the face or body
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Behavioral signs of drug addiction:

  • Chronically “out of it”
  • Unexplained absences
  • Constantly losing jobs
  • Random crisis situations
  • Complete financial instability or ruin
  • Money goes unaccounted for
  • Periods of extreme hyperactivity
  • Periods of extreme depression
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, work, or other things that they were previously interested in
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Mood swings and changes in attitude
  • Chronic dishonesty
  • Paranoia

These are just some of the more obvious signs of drug addiction. They can mostly be recognized by observing someone over a period of time. If you think that someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, call Narconon Suncoast. Narconon uses proven rehabilitation technology that gets to the root of the problem and provides a path for long-term success.