Recognizing drug addiction signs

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If you are afraid that maybe a loved one has already breached the line, here are some signs that can help you confirm their addiction.

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Recognizing drug addiction signs

  1. 1. Recognizing Drug Addiction Signs Drugs ruin more than just our favorite movies. You’d think that all the attention these celebrity drug-induced deaths have caused, that people would stop experimenting with drugs and avoid that whole, awful lifestyle completely. But, unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way. People looking for a buzz or an escape rarely TRULY understand what they are getting themselves into. They think, “Addictions are for other people. I am in control.” Nice try – addictions will capture anyone who dips their toes in the drug pond. If you are afraid that maybe a loved one has already breached the line, here are some signs that can help you confirm their addiction: Changes in Appearance Some of the most noticeable indications are changes in appearance. First, personal hygiene may take a dive. Someone who is normally clean and well-dressed may take a turn towards the pig pen. Their clothing style may change dramatically, and they may take less notice or care over their hair, makeup, or hygiene. Second, drugs often affect weight. A sudden loss or gain in weight could indicate a drug addiction. Alone, weight change isn’t much of an indicator, but when combined with some of these other changes, it could be very telling. Third, a person who is abusing drugs will suffer physically from the addiction. Most commonly, eyes become blood-shot and pupils are dilated. In some instances, you may see skin discoloration, unusual injuries/cuts, frequent nose bleeds, puffy faces, and injection marks. They may also suffer from tremors, censures, itching, or sniffling. Changes in Behavior Basically, any extreme behavioral change in any direction may be an indicator of drug addiction. This could be excessive carelessness, anger, mood swings, depression, euphoria, oversensitivity, and so on. These mood swings/alterations will usually lead to self-isolation and a degradation of relationships. This includes family relationships,
  2. 2. friendships, and professional relationships. It is not uncommon for them to start skipping school or work, being late or keeping odd schedules. Another consequence of these behavioral changes is a lack of interest in things that they used to really enjoy. Once the drug takes top tier on the survival pyramid, nothing else will matter except getting the next fix. This could lead them to steal, lie, lock themselves in their rooms, and avoid conversations about their behaviors. Object Indications One of the most obvious drug abuse signs is finding physical evidence of drug use. Many drugs require tools for consumption – needles, burnt spoons, rolled paper, razors, broken glass, pipes, lighters, and so on. If you find any of these, there is a very good chance that drug abuse is happening. Getting Help If you are certain that a loved one is abusing drugs, you must get them help. It will mostly likely be a painful and difficult process both physically, mentally, and emotionally for everyone involved. There are professional organizations that are prepared to help drug abusers and their families overcome the negative effects of drug addiction. As you help your loved one get addiction treatment in Utah, be as supportive and loving as you can be. They need your help, not your judgment. Between your support and the addiction recovery programs in Utah, your loved one can successfully gain control over their lives again! Photo Credit: Almond Dhukka, Curtis Perry, Patrick Down

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