Do you worry that your loved one is hiding a drug abuse or addiction problem from you? Suspecting there is a problem and taking the time to make the effort to find out can make all the difference in the future of the person you care about. If there is no problem then all the better; but, if they do have a substance abuse problem getting them the help they need can set them on the right path and effectively prevent more hardships for them down the line. People who abuse drugs often exhibit signs and symptoms of drug use in every part of their lives. Addicted persons commonly miss work, drop the ball on family obligations and have financial issues. An addiction problem seemingly consumes the person’s life; their only priority if finding their next high.
When addiction has taken control over the individual they may even resort to stealing from others, including friends and family to obtain enough money to purchase drugs. As the loved one of an addicted person you may notice valuable items go missing, money disappearing from your wallet or purse or even items in the home acquired from unknown sources (stolen items) intended to be pawned or sold.
You may find that your loved one’s sleeping patterns change. While some drugs will keep the user awake for long periods at a time they will then wear off and cause the drug user to “crash” and fall asleep for extended periods that would not be normal for the average person. There are other drugs that cause the user to feel more relaxed and they may sleep more often or longer than they did before they began abusing the substance.
The physical signs and symptoms of drug addiction vary depending on what type of drug the person is abusing and how they are taking it. More common symptoms of drug addiction include a noticeable decline in the person’s physical appearance, rapid weight loss or weight gain, dilated pupils and poor oral hygiene. An addiction to drugs often causes the user to continue to abuse the substance to ward off withdrawal symptoms, the development of a tolerance to the drug’s effects and continued use of the substance even though the user realizes that it is causing them harm.