One of your friends, colleagues or family members might have secretly turned into a drug addict and you have no idea about it. Or, probably, you are perplexed with his unusual behavior but can’t find a reason. Have you considered drug addiction? Drug addicts often live in denial and refuse to admit that drug use is messing up their life big time. Moreover, their tendency to hide their use from loved ones makes things worse. Here’s a list of some common signs and symptoms which you can look out to identify drug addiction.
1. Isolated behavior
Drug addicts prefer long hours of solitude, partaking in substance abuse as a means of relaxation or dealing with stress.
2. Detachment from family and friends
They tend to emotionally withdraw themselves from their loved ones.
3. Long hours of unexplained absence from home
To hide their use from loved ones, they often spend long hours away from home making various excuses.
4. Losing interest in hobbies or activities which they enjoyed earlier
They stop partaking in activities which used to interest or motivate them previously.
5. Drastic mood swings
Withdrawal symptoms of an addict include anxiety, depression or irritability. But when the person is using drugs, his or her mood suddenly changes to happy and cheerful.
6. Avoiding social interactions
Drug addicts often limit interacting with the outer world because they spending too much time on substance abuse.
7. Borrowing or stealing money
Money becomes a major issue for addicts and to support their habit they desperately look for sources of money.
8. Physical symptoms
Drug addiction also manifests itself in the form of deteriorated physical appearance, changes in appetite, dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, impaired coordination, unusual odors and slurred speech.
9. Insomnia or excessive sleepiness
They also exhibit unusual changes in sleeping patterns.
10. Secretive phone calls or unusual texts
If callers refuse to provide identification or hang-up when you answer the phone calls, your friend is possibly having an undesirable association.
11. Unusual lethargy
Drug addicts tend to show lack of enthusiasm in most of the activities.
12. Performance deterioration
The drastic impact of drugs on body and mind leads to deterioration of performance at office, school or other premises.
However, the good news is there are treatments to help people get rid of this life threatening habit. Addiction impacts a person’s life in many ways and if you keenly observe, the symptoms are not very hard to identify. Now, if you suspect that your loved one is suffering from drug addiction you can always contact a professional and help him deal with what’s jeopardizing his life. Identify and help them!