How to Recognize the Signs of Drug Addiction

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Drug abuse and addiction is a highly dangerous activity that often leads to serious health problems, mental disorders, and even death. When a person is addicted to drugs, his entire life is affected- including work, recreational activities, relationships, and quality of life. Unfortunately, many people are silent victims of drug abuse. For many people, the signs of drug addiction often go unnoticed until it is too late.

Recognizing the early signs of drug addiction can help prevent dangerous health issues or death in someone you know. Learn the following signs of drug addiction so you can be prepared to help at the first signs of an addiction problem. You just might be able to save someone’s life.

General signs of drug addiction
The following is a list of side effects and symptoms of addiction to any drug. Most drug addicts will show several of these signs, no matter what drug they are taking- even if it is prescription medication. Signs of potential drug abuse include:

  • Sudden personality changes
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Sudden mood swings (beyond the normal range)
  • A sudden disinterest in personal care
  • Strange sleeping patterns
  • Disinterest in life- specifically hobbies and previously-favored activities
  • Constant runny nose or frequent sniffing

Specific signs of methamphetamine addiction
The following is a list of symptoms unique to meth use, or other similar drugs:

  • Sleepless behavior for several days or weeks
  • Sudden and extreme weight loss
  • Extremely excitable and talkative behavior
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden anxiety, depression, violence, paranoia, or mental confusion
  • Abrupt mood changes

Signs of cocaine abuse
The following is a list of side effects of cocaine addiction:

  • Confusion or difficulty with simple brain functions
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Frequent panic attacks
  • Sudden aggression or irritability
  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness and sleeplessness
  • Hallucinations and paranoia
  • Suspicious of everyone and everything
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sniffing, runny nose, scratching, and other body ticks

Symptoms of PCP abuse
PCP is a highly dangerous drug that can lead to dangerous activities and death. Symptoms of PCP use include:

  • Violent and bizarre behavior (like attacking someone for no reason or jumping off the roof of a building)
  • Fearlessness
  • Flushed skin
  • Impaired perceptions
  • Aggressive or withdrawn behavior
  • Extreme paranoia and anxiety
  • Odd euphoric behavior
  • Eye flutters and body tremors
  • Slurred speech
  • Fainting spells

Signs of heroin addiction
Individuals addicted to heroin will exhibit some of the following signs:

  • Drifting into a dreamlike state for several minutes or hours
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Inability to function at normal activity levels
  • Complete disinterest in daily life

Signs of marijuana addiction
Individuals addicted to marijuana will exhibit some of the following symptoms or signs:

  • Sudden food cravings (or munchies)
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Uncontrolled laughter
  • Amusement with nearly anything
  • Sweet, sickly smell on clothing and hair
  • Reduced motor function

If you notice any of the above signs or symptoms of drug abuse, it is important to address the problem right away. Consult with drug recovery programs to determine the best way to address the issue in a caring way. Swift intervention is one of the most effective ways at preventing the dangerous and deadly side-effects of drug addiction.

This is a guest post provided by Stanley Martinson. A part time writer, stanley is currently focused on drug related issues, and how to solve them. For more information on the subject, look at this!


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