Substance Abuse, or Just "Having a Good Time?" How To Tell
When it comes down to it, many people are unaware of the signs of someone who abusing a substance, compared with someone ‘having a good time' in a recreational or social way.
Lets talk about some common signs of someone who is abusing substances; these are known to be most common but not exclusive:
- Bloodshot eyes, pupils appear larger or smaller than usual.
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns, resulting in sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits.
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.
- Drop-in attendance and performance at work or school.
- Unexplained need for money or financial problems; may borrow or steal to get it.
- Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
- Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
- Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
- Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
- Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
- Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid for no reason.
If you, a family member, or someone you care about show any of the signs above, feel free to contact me about a next step to take in helping yourself or them. There is hope!