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How To Tell If Someone Is On Drugs | Signs & Symptoms

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How To Tell If Someone Is On DrugsHow to tell if someone is on drugs can be easily seen through physical and emotional signs and symptoms. The physical signs and symptoms may vary here and there, but there are usually some basic tell-tale signs that people will display when they are on drugs.

How To Tell If Someone Is On Drugs

Physical Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use

Please note that not all of these symptoms might show all at once. The signs a drug user displays will depend on what drug is being abused.

Eyes:  Bloodshot, pupils are larger or smaller than normal when light is added or subtracted, watery, and/or difficulty keeping them open, or even closing.

Face/Body: Rapid weight gain or loss, poor grooming habits and/or lack of personal care, scars or open wounds, shaking, slurred speech, impaired coordination, bad breath, sweating, lack of sleep or too much sleep, constantly sick or sick looking, and/or any other noticeable change in physical appearance when there are no other health issues that could be causing it.

Emotional/Behavioral Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use

Emotional: Poor performance or they may have been fired, getting in trouble at work/school or with the law, lack of motivation, mood swings, irritability, anxiety or paranoia, quick to anger, change in personality or attitude, unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or extreme happiness for brief periods.

Behavioral: Lying, denial, manipulation, lustful engagements, overly sensitive and dramatic, no ambition, inconsiderate, rude, emotionally unstable, irrational, obsessive, engaging in risky behaviors, and immature.

Personal Life: People are pulling away from them, they blame everything on everyone else, and relationships are strained. Isolating or going out all hours, and constantly partying. Commitments are broken and there is a lack of motivation to improve their life.

Common Abused Drugs & Their Symptoms

Narcotics: Includes drugs like Heroin and Prescription Opioids. Constricted pupils that do not respond to light, needle marks or skin infections, sweating, vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to control muscle movements, and/or nodding out.

Hallucinogens: Includes drugs like PCP and LSD. Dilated pupils, paranoia, aggression, anxiety, hallucinations, mood swings, slurred speech, and/or isolated (even in large crowds).

Inhalants: Includes drugs like Vapor, Paint, and Glue. Watery eyes, impaired vision and memory. Rash around the nose or even leaking of the nose. Headaches, drowsy, changes in appetite, irritability, and/or poor muscle control.

Marijuana: Glassy red eyes, loss of interest or motivation. Weight gain or loss, dry mouth, and/or  increase in appetite.

Depressants: Includes drugs like Xanax and Valium. Constricted pupils, slurred speech, tired, clumsy, and/or difficulty concentrating.

Stimulants: Includes drugs like Cocaine, Crystal Meth, and Amphetamines. Dilated pupils, excessive talking, depression, and/or lack of appetite.

Drug Abuse Help

If you even have to ask the question of how to tell if someone is on drugs? then the chances are you already know the answer, but we hope this article helped bring you some clarification and confirmation. The question that most people have next is how can I help my loved one recover from drug abuse? That question we can also help answer. Long-term recovery is 100% possible provided that the person takes certain steps. To find out how you can help your loved one recover from drug abuse, call us now: 1-800-861-1768.




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