Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse
It not always as easy to accept it when a loved one develops a drug abuse problem. But, this is not the time to turn a blind eye. If you suspect your loved one is abusing illicit substances, then paying close attention to their behavior and their habits will help you make the determination you need in order to get them the help they desperately need.
At Coastal MDs, we offer effective outpatient drug treatment NC and we can help your loved one get the help he or she needs. If you think your loved one has a drug abuse problem, then these are the signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for.
Changes in Their Appearance
When someone is using drugs, their physical appearance will gradually change. They will usually start showing a lack of care for their appearance, which will be highlighted by increasingly poor hygiene. They may also have red or flushed cheeks and track marks on their arms, legs, or both. Your loved one may start wearing long sleeves and pants, even in warm temperatures, to try and hide these marks.
Personal Habits Related to Drug Abuse
In many cases, how a person acts can help identify their need for drug treatment and counseling. When a person is abusing drugs, their actions will start becoming more and more secretive. For instance, they may hide when making phone calls; they may keep their bedroom door locked at all times, and they may avoid eye contact when having conversations. They’ll also often try and keep those conversations brief, always acting as if they have somewhere to be.
They will also usually have cash flow problems, experience sudden increases or decreases in their appetite, and their breath and/or clothing may smell heavily of smoke or other unusual smells. They may also start driving recklessly, stay out past curfew, and go out every single night.
Behavioral Changes to Watch Out For
People who abuse drugs will always undergo a series of behavioral changes that can have a negative impact on all of their relationships. In some cases, the drugs can cause the user to act completely opposite of their usual selves. For instance, a normally docile person may turn increasingly obnoxious, deceitful, or promiscuous. A normally open person may become secretive, lethargic, or closed off. A normally happy person may become sullen, depressed, or emotionally unstable.
They may also be unable to focus, lack motivation, disappear for long periods of time, be uncooperative, clumsy, unusually tired, hostile, uncommunicative, or suffer through periods of sleeplessness followed by bouts of “catch-up” sleep.
Users of drugs may also lose interest in school, work, or their friends and family. They will start missing days at work or school, causing complaints from their employers or teachers. In some cases, they may even be fired or expelled. They may also stop spending time with old friends and start spending more time with a “new” set of friends.
Health Problems Associated With Drug Abuse
You should also keep an eye out for any new health problems with your loved one. Common health issues associated with drug abuse include:
If you notice the above signs and symptoms in your loved one, you should help them get the treatment they need as soon as possible. It’s important to understand that drug abuse is not drug addiction, therefore, your loved one has a much greater chance of fully recovering with the right treatment. But, time is crucial because drug abuse will evolve into an addiction if action is not taken quickly.
Coastal MD's is here to help you. Call us today at (910) 793-4311 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors and take that necessary step toward helping your loved one get the help they so desperately need. With dedicated outpatient treatment and a strong support system, your loved one will achieve a long-lasting recovery and a return to a better quality of life.