Signs of a Problem With Drug Use

At SJRP we provide help for those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. If you’re wondering if you or someone you love might be struggling with a drug abuse problem, consider the following signs of drug use that has become problematic. Early detection is key to getting the treatment and support you need for lasting recovery. Call SJRP admissions at 833-397-3422 to speak with our team about treatment for drug addiction.

If you or someone you love is abusing drugs there’s a pretty good chance alcohol is also involved.  Alcohol use disorders and other substances use disorders, tend to follow each other very closely. Typically, drug abuse signs and symptoms have very similar risk factors as alcohol use disorders. Although the symptoms of drug abuse can vary depending on drug type, and lengths of use, typical signs of a problem with drug use are pretty easy to spot.

Common signs of drug abuse include:

  • Neglecting work responsibilities
  • Neglecting home responsibilities
  • Neglecting school responsibilities
  • Experiencing legal issues, such as driving under the influence or disorderly conduct
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Pupil enlargement
  • Pupil reduction
  • Lack of self-care
  • Changes in sleep schedule (insomnia or sleeping too much)
  • Changes in appratie (binge eating or not eating enough, malnutrition)
  • Imparied coordination
  • Foul breath
  • Tooth problems
  • Rash, or scab ridden skin from compulsive picking
  • Mood swings
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Hanging around with questionable characters or places
  • Hallucinations
  • Sudden outbursts
  • Increased paranoia
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Carrying of drug paraphernalia

Knowing the Risk Factors of Drug Abuse

You may be curious now, about the risk factors involved with drug abuse, after having read the signs associated with drug addiction. Keep in mind, even though the warning signs of drug abuse seem to be much more varied and extreme, for the most part signs or drug addiction are very hard to discern in real life circumstances. And more often than not, drug abuse and alcoholism go hand in hand, meaning they can share warning signs and symptoms. Some of the risks factors involved with drug abuse affect:

  • Your chances of developing various kinds of cancer
  • Your chances of contracting infectious diseases, of sexual orientation and others
  • Your chances for developing severe psychological and mental health issues and disorders
  • Various types of organ damage
  • Reproductive issues (like miscarriage, still birth, or birth defects)
  • The development of hormonal issues
  • Family, friend, and social issues
  • Work issues
  • School issues
  • Severe changes in mood or personality changes, and so much more

And just like how alcohol use disorders and drug use disorders can share the same warning signs, they can often share the same risk factors. The most dangerous of which, ending in loss of life. Knowing the shared risks factors of both alcohol and drug misuse is a huge step in understanding addiction, and whether or not you or your loved one may be struggling with it.

If you fear you or your loved one has a problem with either of these disorders, pr both of them, it is imperative that you seek the help of a professional sooner than later. You may be scared, nervous, embarrassed, or upset, but please know that everyone is there to help you or your loved one get better, and wants to see you live a purpose filled life, free of addiction.

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