Signs of Drug Use and Addiction
Drug abuse becomes a dependency when a person has a compulsive need to use drugs without care or respect for the consequences that might occur either bodily or emotionally. Although the symptoms of drug dependence can be masked by other problems in a user’s life, there are a lot of tell-tale signs and symptoms to look for to tell if you or someone you love has a drug addiction. The most evident sign of course is your treasured-one’s inability to stop taking the drug. People who are reliant upon drugs feel they can’t go on in life without the help of their drug. They go to great lengths to obtain the drug and use it on a habitual basis. Addicts also begin to lose all interest in activities that they used to like to do.
Their whole life is dictated by when and where they can find their next fix. They put aside hobbies, relatives, even work and school. Nothing else is as essential as taking their drug of selection. Drug addiction tends to show up in a user’s mood. Are they often either overly up or really down? Mood swings are common with drug dependence as are aggressive outbursts and senseless behavior. People with a drug addiction will find themselves behaving in ways they ordinarily would not do without the drug. Physically, the ravages of drug addiction will unavoidably show in the body over time. They may undergo a sudden weight loss and seem haggard or pale to others. They neglect to look after themselves, such as not showering on a routine basis or taking the time to comb their hair.
They may have bodily sores on their body, and their eyes may appear dull and disinterested, with a faraway look most of the time. By the time dependence has really taken hold of a user, the body has become used to having the drug in its system. It builds up a tolerance, and thus the user will need to take more of the drug in order to achieve the same outcome it had before. The dependent user will predictably begin engaging in secretive or dubious behavior, such as withdrawing during gatherings or making frequent, needless journeys just to be by themselves. They can also become emotionally isolated from those they were until that time close to. This isolation makes it easier for them to use drugs without any influence from those around them. Depression almost always accompanies drug addiction, so look for indicators of hopelessness, negative talk, and withdrawing from all activity.
Sudden deviations in work or education performance can also be a sign of addiction. Addicted persons may feel forever weary too, and not want to get out bed – sleeping for long periods of time. This can be a combination of both the effects of the drug and the accompanying sadness. Drug addiction is a very serious illness, so if you see these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, seek help. The healing has to begin somewhere, and when the symptoms show themselves, the time to get help is now!