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Recognizing the Symptoms of Drug Use


Despite the increase of warnings and education about drug use in recent years, it is still a huge problem.  Thousands of young Americans each year try drugs for the first time and become addicted.  While the list of reasons is infinite, there are several tell-tale signs you can look for if you suspect someone you love is using drugs.

Although some of the signs may vary depending of the drug used, this list, compiled by the American Council for Drug Education, includes several of the physical symptoms: loss of appetite; change in eating habits; unexplained weight gain; slowed walk; poor physical coordination; insomnia; red, watery eyes; unusual pupil size; blank stare; cold, sweaty palms; shaking, tremors; extreme over activity; runny nose; hacking cough;, needle marks on arms, legs or bottoms of feet; nausea, vomiting; puffy face; extreme blushing or paleness; and irregular heartbeat.

Physical changes are not the only signs to be watching for.  There are several behavioral changes to notice as well, including drop in grades, change in attitude or personality, change in friends, change in hobbies/interests, loss of interest in family, lack of motivation/energy, oversensitivity, moodiness, irritability, excessive desire for privacy, secretive behavior, stealing, care accidents, paranoia,  chronic dishonesty, unexplained need for money or stealing, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you recognize these symptoms in a loved one, don’t feel discouraged, there is hope.  The important thing is to act quickly.  The sooner the addiction is dealt with, the better the chance of a full recovery.  One of the first steps is locating an addiction treatment center that will meet the specific needs of your loved one; what types of addiction treatment or dual diagnosis treatment do they offer?  After gathering all of the family and friends, you will want to stage an alcohol drug intervention.  Once in treatment provide a loving support system, the road to recovery is not easy but the destination is well worth it.

Contribution from Amy Barrett at www.drugrehabcomparison.com/blog


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