Many people will try experimenting with drugs at different points in their lives. Some may start using recreational drugs in social settings only. However, this casual drug use can spiral into a big problem for some people. The degree of severity of addiction can vary from person to person and drug to drug. Yet, there are universal signs that you can observe in your loved ones if you are concerned they may have developed an addiction.
If someone has developed a drug addiction, their behavior can change in many ways. One of the ways you can tell that someone may have a problem is if their behavior at school or work has changed. Your loved one may suddenly start showing up to work or school late, their performance could decline, and they may lose all interest in their job or schoolwork. They may begin to dress down in their everyday life, or their hygiene may suffer. Drug addicts may suddenly start to look skinnier and more fatigued than they did previously. Out of nowhere, they may become less financially responsible. They could stop paying bills altogether.
The more physical signs of addiction can vary depending on the drug. Keep an eye out for these signs in your loved one.
- Stimulants such as meth or cocaine – If someone has recently used a stimulant, they may show several signs. These include rapid speech, aggression, high energy, insomnia, and more.
- Club drugs – Club drug users will display signs that they are experiencing hallucinations, memory issues, tremors, reduced inhibitions, and more.
- Hallucinogens – Those who use hallucinogens will show signs of hallucinations, different perceptions of reality, mood swings, tremors, and more.
- Opioids – Opioid users will show signs of fatigue, slurred speech, coordination issues, agitation, attention problems, and more.
- Barbiturates and benzodiazepines – Users of these drugs that affect the nervous system will show signs of irritability, slurred speech, concentration problems, slowed breathing, dizziness, and more.
Every type of drug affects the body differently. Be on the lookout for any of these symptoms if you are worried about someone close to you. They may be the sign of a serious problem.
At Asana Recovery, we know that addiction is a disease that can disrupt the lives of addicts and their families. Every day, we work to help those suffering from this disease to start the road to recovery. While recovery is often one of the most significant challenges you may ever face, we will support you or your loved one on the journey to clean living.
Asana Recovery offers supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs to ensure your long-term recovery. We cultivate a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment designed to help you work towards the future you want. Call us at (949) 438-4504 right now to learn how you can start the road to recovery at Asana Recovery. We are always available to talk.