If you’re worried someone you love is abusing drugs, or if you’re worried about your own drug use, a number of signs may arouse your suspicion. Drug abuse often results in behavioral changes that point to a problem. Some of the behavioral changes listed below can be a cue to problems other than drug abuse, but, taken together with a number of physical signs, they are a sure indication of the need for help.
- A dramatic shift in attitude or personality. If you or your loved one has suddenly become moody, angry, resentful, anxious, or depressed – and there is no other identifiable reason – drug abuse may be to blame. Similarly, a sudden shift toward giddiness in someone who isn’t normally so may be an indication of drug abuse.
- A sudden change in friends. This is especially true for adolescents. If your teen has suddenly started hanging out with a different crowd – but these new friends are not part of their extracurricular sports teams, clubs, or other activities – they may be spending time with drug users.
- A sudden drop in grades. Schoolwork often suffers as a result of drug abuse, as does performance at work. If this drop in grades or work performance is across the board, rather than in isolated areas, it suggests a general lack of caring or motivation.
- Lying and secrecy. Habitual dishonesty about where your loved one has been or with whom, a sudden refusal to return calls or texts, along with many other deceits, is a sure sign they’re hiding something. A sudden, inexplicable insistence on “privacy” is another sign. Your loved one likely will become defensive when pressed about these behavioral changes.
- A lack of self-care. If you or someone you love has become chronically lax in personal grooming habits or general appearance, drug abuse may be the reason. Almost never is drug abuse responsible for greater self-care.
- Being “spaced out.” Many drugs cause us to become uncharacteristically forgetful, inattentive, or unable to concentrate. A sudden lack of focus may indicate a problem.
- Stealing. If you find cash, valuables, alcohol, or prescription drugs missing from your home, it could be due to a love one’s need to support a drug habit. They may also begin to shoplift, or burglarize other homes or businesses.
If you find drugs, or paraphernalia such as pipes, bongs, rolling papers, syringes, coke spoons or straws, it’s an irrefutable sign of drug use. Consult a counselor and look into treatment as soon as possible.
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