Knowing the signs of recent drug use may allow you to identify a potential substance abuse problem before it matures into a fully developed addiction. As substance addiction is considered a progressive disease, the earlier it is spotted and diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat.
Unsurprisingly, the signs of recent use will vary based on the type of substance used and even similar types of substances may differ somewhat based on the specific drug or product. But while it may be impossible to identify with exact precision whether someone has recently used a specific substance, a general awareness of the signs of use of the most common substance is undoubtedly useful.
Cannabis or marijuana: red eyes, dry mouth, decreased coordination, difficulty with memory recall, slowed reaction time, cannabis odor, food craving, and anxiety or paranoia
Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and hypnotics: drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, involuntary eye movements, slurred speech, slowed breathing, and memory problems
Stimulants (i.e. methamphetamine and cocaine): rapid or rambling speech, dilated pupils, nasal congestion or nosebleeds, excessive confidence, mouth sores, and extreme energy or alertness
Opioid painkillers: slurred speech, drowsiness, clumsiness, needle marks, runny nose, forgetfulness, and constipation
Inhalants: slurred speech, dizziness, clumsiness, involuntary eye movements, decreased inhibition, and vomiting
Any of these substances can result in an addiction. If you think that you or someone you know may have formed an addiction to one of these substances, you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a residential treatment program in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. Call us today at (949) 438-4504 to find out whether our drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be the right fit for you.