Signs of Drug Use

Meth use over time

The Substance Abuse Counselors at Narconon New Life Retreat have decades of experience identifying the symptoms of drug use. Drugs create many behavioral and physical changes in a person. While the ravages of drug addiction eventually become obvious, long before that, there are noticeable changes. Too often families or friends of addicts do not know these signs.

You may suspect a loved one is abusing drugs if you notice some or all of the following warning signs:

  • A sudden shift in behavior.
  • Alterations in mood; mood swings; irritability followed by cheerfulness.
  • Withdrawing from members of the family or friends.
  • Not taking care of self or neglected personal grooming.
  • Losing interest in hobbies, sports and other activities previously engaged in.
  • Altered sleeping pattern—sleeping all day.
  • Glassy or red eyes.
  • Runny, sniffling nose.

Specific drugs have their own, noticeable side effects. Signs of methamphetamine and cocaine addiction are found below.

Signs of Methamphetamine Addiction:
Meth addicts are “wired,” sleepless for days and even weeks at a time. They eat very little, often losing massive amounts of weight. You can tell they are under the influence because their pupils are dilated and they are much more excited and talkative than usual. Loss of control, nervousness and even depression (especially when the drug starts to wear off), are some of the milder symptoms. More serious symptoms may include anxiety, shaking, hallucinations, aggression, blurred vision, confusion, agitation and even violence.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction:
Someone on cocaine has severely impaired thinking. He will oftentimes be confused, anxious, or short-tempered. Panic attacks or suspicion are common signs of cocaine abuse, as well as a decreased sexual drive, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and paranoia.

If you think your loved one may be hiding the fact they are abusing drugs, we can help. Call our hotline for help. A thorough drug rehabilitation program may be what is necessary to get your loved one honest, clean and sober.

Narconon New Life Retreat is one of the most successful long term drug rehab programs in the United States and our counselors will help you to uncover whether your loved one has a substance abuse problem. Call them today.