As a parent or loved one, it can be easy to write off the warning signs of drug or alcohol use. Often, we see what we want to see and make excuses for the rest. Doing this is not going to help the person in question if there really is a drug use problem taking place. While not every young person or adult who uses drugs or alcohol is going to develop a problem, many will. The best way to prevent a drug or alcohol abuse problem from developing is by stopping the use in the early stages of experimentation.
The warning signs of drug use are both physical and behavioral. While each drug has its own unique manifestations of use, there are some general indications that a person is using drugs.
The general signs of drug use include:
- Careless about personal grooming
- Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeps during the day
- Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities
- Mood swings; irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright
- Red or glassy eyes
- Sniffy or runny nose
- Sudden change in behavior
- Withdrawal from family members
While showing some of these signs is not a guaranteed indicator of drug use, it is likely that there is some issue going on in the person’s life. Take the time to speak with your child or love one about their indicators and find out if drug use is the issue or if there is a different underlying problem that you can help them address.