Drug abuse and addiction are serious problems that can devastate your health and wellbeing. Drug abuse is often serious enough to cause life-threatening circumstances: according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 38,329 people died from a fatal drug overdose in the US in 2010, which amounts to an average of about 105 people everyday. This staggering statistic demands people to understand the warning signs of drug abuse and addiction to prevent irreversible harm.
Drug abuse can cause any of the following physical, behavioral and psychological warning signs:
- Dilated pupils or bloodshot eyes
- Appetite changes resulting in abnormal weight loss or gain
- Poor physical appearance due to lack of personal grooming and hygiene
- Impaired hand-eye coordination or fine motor skills
- Slurred and sometimes bizarre speech
- Needle marks on the arms from injecting drugs
- Poor performance at work or school, including increased absences
- Lack of interest in hobbies and activity
- Financial problems due to spending money on drugs or alcohol
- Stealing money from others to pay for drugs
- Withdrawal and isolation from others
- Finding new friends who abuse drugs
- Trouble with the law or other authority figures
- Getting into arguments on a regular basis
- Stark personality, mood and attitude changes
- Bizarre behavior, such as unexplained outbursts of anger or excitement
- Unexplained paranoia, anxiety or depression
If you learn the warning signs of drug abuse, then you can take action against dependence and addiction.
Common Signs of Drug Addiction
When addiction to drugs or alcohol forms, it can produce a whole new set of problems. In addition to all the physical, behavioral and psychological problems of drug abuse, symptoms of addiction include the following issues:
- Tolerance for the drug, meaning users need more of the drug to experience the same effects
- Withdrawal symptoms when the user goes long enough without a dose
- Inability to stop in spite of the consequences
- Neglecting personal responsibilities to use drugs
Addiction is a medically recognized and treatable disease, but consider treatment with urgency, as drugs can lead to severe health problems, including death. People can and do recover from addiction everyday with professional help.
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If you or someone you know struggles with substance abuse or addiction, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by 24 hours a day to help you find a treatment program that will work for you. Life can be so much better in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, so get help today by calling now.