Addiction generally begins as a social activity before escalating to a point where the user is unable to cope without. Substance abuse can detrimentally affect both the addict and those surrounding them. When substance issues are suspected, friends and family members must watch for signs to determine whether help is required. Symptoms will vary according to the type of substance and use habits. In this entry, we will discuss some common signs to look for.
The signs associated with a prescription drug addiction include odd sleep habits, drunken mannerisms, listlessness, and droopy eyes. Keep a close watch for slurred/incoherent speech patterns or an inability to walk or stand up straight.
Common signs associated with cocaine addiction include glossy eyes, unnaturally large pupils, needle marks, brittle or broken teeth, raw nose, and excessive weight loss. Additional signs may include extended periods without sleep followed by extreme periods of deep sleep, irritability, picking or scratching, aggression, loss in food interests and rambling.
Opiate addiction symptoms can include needle marks on the user’s arms, excessive perspiration, pale skin pigmentation, routine scratching, nodding off, and pinpointed pupils.
Meth users will experience an elevated sense of contentment following use. Increased energy levels and depleted appetite are also common signs. The high associated with meth use typically lasts between 6 and 8 hours. When the high is over, users will generally appear agitated, with the potential for violence and extreme depression.
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