Symptoms of Drug or Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
Although the side effects of different drugs vary, the symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse are similar. If an individual is abusing alcohol or drugs, he or she may exhibit some of the following symptoms:
• Being irresponsible in school, at work or at home. Being consistently late, missing work or school,or blaming others.
• Drinking in dangerous situations, including while driving.
• Engaging in risky behavior like having unprotected sex or using dirty needles while high.
• Stealing from family or friends or asking for money for alcohol or drugs.
• Allowing drug or alcohol use to cause conflict in with family, friends or coworkers.
Abusing drugs or alcohol is not necessarily the same as being addicted to them. If people are abusing drugs, it is time to to undergo intervention so that they can stop before they become addicted. To determine whether or not you or someone you love is already addicted to drugs, you should look for the following symptoms:
• Drinking more and more use to feel the same effects.
• Having physical symptoms of withdrawal. Not remembering what they say or do while drinking or using drugs.
• Drinking or using drugs although you planned not to or even though you want to quit.
• A life that seems too focused on finding drugs, using them and recovering from them. Hiding bottles or drinking in secret.
• Not doing hobbies or activities that you used to enjoy so that you can use drugs or drink instead.
• The continuation of drinking and drug use even though it is hurting your children or family.
Helping Friends and Family Members
If you are worried about a loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse, you should look for the symptoms listed above. If you cannot identify any of the above symptoms, you may want to look for physical symptoms instead. These can often be easier to spot.
When people are addicted to drugs or alcohol, they can have bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils, unexplained changes in their weight, changes in their sleep and eating patterns. You may also notice that they lose interest in taking care of themselves. They may have poor grooming or not care about their appearance. They may also show signs like shaking, slurred speech or a lack of coordination.
If you or a loved one is ready to get help, the people at Twentyfour 7 House we can guide you through the process.
Call for help. 912-366-7777