Drugs Addiction

Some people are able to use recreational or prescription drugs without ever experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many others, substance use can cause problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving you feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed.

Signs and symptoms of drug abuse and drug addiction

Although different drugs have different physical effects, the symptoms of addiction are similar. See if you recognize yourself in the following signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction. If so, consider talking to someone about your drug use.

Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse

  • You’re neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home because of your drug use.
  • You’re using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.
  • Your drug use is getting you into legal trouble, such as physically assaulting someone under the influence, driving when high, or stealing to support a drug habit.
  • Your drug use is causing problems in your relationships, such as fights with your partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.

Common signs and symptoms of drug addiction

  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance. You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.
  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.

Warning Signs of Commonly Abused Drugs

  • Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes; loud talking, inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or loss.
  • Depressants (including Xanax, Valium, GHB): Contracted pupils; drunk-like; difficulty concentrating; clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness.
  • Stimulants (including amphetamines, cocaine, crystal meth): Dilated pupils; hyperactivity; euphoria; irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping; weight loss; dry mouth and nose.
  • Inhalants (glues, aerosols, vapors):  Watery eyes; impaired vision, memory and thought; secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability; lots of cans/aerosols in the trash.
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP): Dilated pupils; bizarre and irrational behavior including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations; mood swings; detachment from people; absorption with self or other objects, slurred speech; confusion.
  • Heroin: Contracted pupils; no response of pupils to light; needle marks; sleeping at unusual times; sweating; vomiting; coughing, sniffling; twitching; loss of appetite.

Drug Addiction Quiz

Top of Form

1. Do you ever use drugs for something other than a medical reason?
Yes
No

2. When you use drugs, do you use more than one drug at a time?
Yes 
No

3. Is your drug use more than one day per week?
Yes 
No

4. Do you have a history of abusing prescription drugs?
Yes 
No

5. Have you attempted to quit your drug use but been unsuccessful?
Yes 
No

6. Does your drug use cause feelings of guilt?
Yes 
No

7. Has your drug use ended relationships with friends?
Yes 
No

8. Do you find yourself neglecting your family because of your drug use?
Yes 
No

9. Has your drug use resulted in problems between you and your family members or friends?
Yes 
No

10. Do your family members or friends ever complain about your drug use?
Yes 
No

11. While under the influence of drugs, have you gotten into confrontations or fights with others?
Yes 
No

12. Has your drug use ever contributed to you losing a job?
Yes 
No

13. Has your drug use caused problems or gotten you into trouble at your workplace?
Yes 
No

14. Have you ever gone to jail or been arrested for illegal drug possession?
Yes 
No

15. Do you participate in illegal activities in order to get your drugs of choice?
Yes 
No

16. When you stop taking your drug, do you experience any withdrawal symptoms or feel sick?
Yes 
No

17. Has your drug use ever resulted in flashbacks or blackouts?
Yes 
No

18. Have you ever had medical problems such as memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc. as a result of your drug use?
Yes 
No

19. Have you seeked help for your drug problem in the past?
Yes 
No

20. Have you participated in any treatment programs, either inpatient or outpatient, related to your drug use?
Yes 
No

If you determine that you may just have a problem more severe than you imagined or just as you thought you did, there is a solution. The term “drug addict” can mean anything from smoking pot a lot to having a really serious heroin or benzodiazepine addiction.

I have direct experience as a drug addict in how to help you and have professional training to help you design a treatment program that will yield positive results. On the home page of this website, you will see a place encouraging you to click and start your journey to health, wellness and happy eating. All you have to do is “CLICK” that box and follow the simple directions. You can do this! Act now and “CLICK”.

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