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Signs & Symptoms of Substance Abuse

We know it can be scary when you think someone you love is abusing drugs or alcohol. You believe the signs and symptoms of substance abuse are there, but you’re not 100 percent sure. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most common signs of drug and alcohol abuse, to help you determine if it’s time to intervene and get the person you love the help he or she needs.



Changes in Mood

When a person is abusing drugs or alcohol, there may be drastic changes in his or her mood. A friend who was always happy and upbeat now seems constantly pessimistic and depressed. One of the most common signs and symptoms of drug abuse is change in mood, attitude, and personality and can be the first warning that something’s going on.



Changes in Appearance

Another thing to watch for is changes in appearance. This can include symptoms from the drug and alcohol use, such as shaking hands or red, watery, or glassy eyes, or changes in personal hygiene, such as neglecting to change clothes, shower, or brush teeth. A sudden weight gain or loss without reason can also be a sign of drug abuse.



Missing Money

If a person can’t explain where his or her money has gone, it could be a sign of addiction. Drugs and alcohol are not cheap and once addicted, it’s easy to lose track of how much money is spent. If your son or daughter continually asks for money, but can’t tell you what it’s being spent on, it’s time to sit down and have a heart to heart about your concerns.



Neglecting Responsibilities

Neglecting responsibilities is one of the first noticeable things when someone is abusing drugs or alcohol. It can range from showing up late to work and school, not completing assignments, or falling asleep on the job. Responsibilities at home can also be neglected: chores don’t get done and bills don’t get paid.



Other Signs & Symptoms of Substance Abuse

We’ve listed some of the major signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse and drug use, but there are many, many more. Here are a few other things to keep a look out for:

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Unexplainable health problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Angry outbursts
  • Demanding privacy
  • Sudden change in peer group
  • Risky behaviors.

If you have noticed these signs or symptoms in a loved one, call our addiction recovery specialists today!