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!


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