Signs of drug abuse

Monday, June 12, 2006

Physical signs

* Change in sleeping patterns

Bloodshot eyes

* Slurred or agitated speech

* Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain

* Skin abrasions/bruises

* Neglected appearance/poor hygiene

* Sick more frequently

* Accidents or injuries

Behavioral signs

* Hiding use; lying and covering up

* Sense that the person will "do anything" to use again regardless of consequences

* Loss of control or choice of use (drug-seeking behavior)

* Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

* Emotional instability

* Hyperactive or hyperaggressive

* Depression

* Missing school or work

* Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work

* Complaints from teachers or co-workers

* Reports of intoxication at school or work

* Furtive or secretive behavior

* Avoiding eye contact

* Locked doors

* Going out every night

* Change in friends or peer group

* Change in clothing or appearance

* Unusual smells on clothing or breath

* Heavy use of over-the-counter preparations to reduce eye reddening, nasal irritation or bad breath

* Hidden stashes of alcohol

* Alcohol missing from your supply

* Prescription medicine missing

* Money missing

* Valuables missing

* Disappearances for long periods of time

* Running away

* Secretive phone calls

* Unusual containers or wrappers

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