Signs that Someone You Know Is Abusing Drugs
Are you worried that a family member, friend, co-worker, or someone else you know is addicted to drugs? It’s hard to broach the topic because you wouldn’t want to offend them if you were wrong. Well, here are some signs you should look for if you’re worried someone you know is abusing drugs:
Physical Signs of Drug Abuse
Those who abuse drugs will often have physical signs of the abuse. Often, their eyes are bloodshot and their pupils will either be bigger or smaller than before. Drug abusers will often have changes in appetite causing either a weight gain or a weight loss. Drug abuse will also affect their sleeping patterns.
Those who abuse drugs are less likely to keep up their physical appearance as well and will often smell unusual. Other physical signs of drug abuse include tremors and slurred speech.
Changes in Behavior
Those who have recently started using drugs heavily will have a change in their typical behavior. They’ll stop attending work or school (or will attend less often), they’ll ask for money but won’t say what the money is for, and they might start stealing money. They’ll also start acting suspicious — not wanting to say where they’re going or what they’ll be doing.
Drug abuse can also lead to a shift in a person’s brain. Extended drug use physically alters the brain so it doesn’t function the same as it did before. This can lead to a change in personality; it can also cause mood swings and irritability.
If someone close to you is exhibiting these symptoms, it may be time to find help. There’s a myth out there that claims if someone doesn’t get help voluntarily, it won’t work. Statistics show that those who are forced into a drug abuse rehab facility (whether by family, the court, or an employer) are just as likely to be successful.
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