Recognizing the Signs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Alcohol and drug abuse can affect almost anyone or any family. There are several symptoms that one may exhibit if they are suffering from alcohol and drug abuse. If you are unsure if someone you know, or even yourself, is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction, look for the common physical and behavioral symptoms and seek help immediately.

Recognizing the Signs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Physical Symptoms

It is important to remember that different drugs will cause different physical reactions. However, the most common physical symptoms caused by alcohol and drug abuse include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Glossy eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Problems with sleeping too little or too much

Behavioral Symptoms

Just like with the physical symptoms, keep in mind that different drugs will cause different behavioral reactions. However, the most common behavioral symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse include:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Easily irritable
  • Laziness
  • Depression
  • Changes in friends (this could include hanging around different groups of people)
  • Changes in priorities
  • Increased involvement in criminal activity

For more specific help, below is a list of specific drugs and their effects on the user’s physical appearance and behavior.

Opioids

A few signs that someone may be under the influence of opioids include:

  • A decrease in the user’s sense of pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Agitation
  • Slurring words
  • Memory and retention issues
  • Dilated pupils

Stimulants

Stimulants include drugs such as meth and cocaine A few signs that one may be under the influence of one these drugs include:

  • Overly confident
  • Feeling exhilarated
  • Extremely alert
  • Increase in energy
  • Aggressiveness
  • Confusion

Club Drugs

Club drugs include ecstasy and acid. A few common signs that one may be under the influence of one of these include:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Shaking involuntarily
  • Chills or sweating
  • Lack of judgment
  • Memory loss or retention issues

Alcohol

A few common signs that one may be suffering from alcoholism include:

  • Blackouts
  • Memory loss after excessive drinking
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Becoming isolated
  • Choosing to drink over other responsibilities

Luckily in this day in age, there are several options for receiving help for alcohol or drug abuse. If someone you know is suffering from any of the above symptoms, contact the Stonebriar Counseling Associates.

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