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Recognizing the Signs of Drug Addiction

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Identifying Signs of Drug Addiction

If you suspect that your loved one may be struggling with drug addiction, there are certain physical and behavioral changes to look out for.

Physical Changes

When it comes to drug abuse and addiction, there are a variety of physical changes to the body as a result of drug use and even withdrawal symptoms after they stop. While you may not be able to tell what kind of drug your loved one is using, there are tell-tale signs that they may be struggling with addiction:

Signs of Current Drug Use

When someone has recently used drugs or is currently on drugs, there are a multitude of physical changes that can be observed as a side effect. Some common side effects of being under the influence of drugs include but are not limited to:

  • Sudden weight changes
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Enlarged pupils
  • A disheveled appearance
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination

Withdrawal Symptoms

After abruptly stopping drug-use or going long periods of time without using, a person who is addicted to drugs will experience physical symptoms which are called withdrawal. In severe cases, this can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Signs of withdrawal typically include:

  • Shakiness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion and trouble concentrating
  • Seizures

Behavioral Changes

When a person is struggling with drug addiction, there may be changes in their behavior that suggest that they have a problem. While these changes in behavior don’t always point to addiction, they are some of the most commonly observed behaviors in drug addicts:

  • Declining work performance
  • An increased need for privacy
  • Showering less often
  • Not grooming themselves
  • Wearing dirty clothes
  • Disinterest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Less present in relationships
  • Spending more money than usual
  • Defensiveness or denial when confronted about having a drug problem
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in appetite

Seeking Help at North Georgia Recovery Center

The road to recovery starts with taking the first step. Let us walk alongside you on the path to sobriety and wellness. When you choose to get treatment at North Georgia Recovery Center, you can rest assured knowing that you will be treated by licensed therapists in our state-of-the-art facilities. Every one of our team members is certified to address and effectively treat the issues that come along with addiction.

To schedule your free consultation with our team, call (678) 940-7873 or complete an online form today.