SIGNS OF ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE

PHYSICAL SIGNS
  • Smelling of alcohol, marijuana or stale smoke
  • Strong chemical odor (in room, on clothing, on breath)
  • Mask-like facial expression
  • Lack of pain response
  • Rapid muscle gain
  • Violent
  • Slurred speech
  • Disorientation
  • Sweating
  • Poor coordination
  • Frequent minor illnesses (headaches, nausea, vomiting, slight tremors, flu- like symptoms, sluggishness)
  • Paranoia (Excessive use of drugs or alcohol)
  • Extremely talkative or fast speech
  • Runny nose or bloody nose
  • Jaw-clenching
  • Neglects taking prescribed medications or takes more medication than usual
  • Memory lapses
  • Noticeable weight loss or unusual eating patterns (types of food, amounts, time of day)
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Acne
  • Picking at skin or hair
  • Signs of injection or arm infections
  • Red eyes and frequent use of eye drops
  • Dilated pupils
  • Change in normal sleep patterns (more or less than usual, frequent naps)
  • Injuries occurring more often
  • Frequent respiratory, eyes, venereal, or cut infections that rarely heal
  • More frequent complaints of pain or illness
  • Severe cough that does not go away
EMOTIONAL SIGNS
  • Depression
  • Impaired judgment (putting self in dangerous situations)
  • Talking about or attempting suicide
  • Violent or threatening (verbally or physically)
  • Lethargic or uninterested
  • Mood swings
  • Operating at an inappropriate maturity level
  • Increased emotional responses (more emphatic than individual would normally be)
  • Paranoia (Excessive use of drugs or alcohol)
  • Psychosis
  • Mania
FAMILY, FRIENDS & OTHER SOCIAL SIGNS
  • Isolation from family members (hiding in room, locking bedroom door) and avoiding family activities
  • Exhibiting negative attitude toward rules and parents
  • Failing to follow through on promises
  • Sneaking out of the house
  • Becoming manipulative
  • Lying
  • Stealing medications from family members that have not been prescribed to the individual
  • Changing several friends or changing peer groups
  • Suddenly popular with friends who are older and unknown to family
  • More frequent phone calls from new friend
  • Social activities occurring more often, sometimes at odd hours
  • Thrill seeking behaviors, evidence of law breaking, promiscuity signs and other dangerous physical situations
SCHOOL & LEGAL ISSUES
  • Lacking motivation and lower grades
  • Sleeping in class
  • Skipping class or school
  • Dropping out of school activities
  • Becoming disrespectful of teachers, administrators and rules
  • Frequently being disciplined at school
  • Suspended or expelled from school
  • Shoplifting from stores or stealing from family members
  • Unmanageable behaviors like skipping school and not following family rules
  • Incidents or Charges for Public Intoxication, DUI, Vandalism,
  • Breaking and Entering Underage Use
  • Involved in car accidents or near misses
  • Selling drugs
OTHER SIGNS
  • Poor management of money
  • Spending large sums of money and always asking for more money
  • Having drug paraphernalia in bedroom or school locker
  • Reading drug oriented magazines or watching drug related movies obsessively
  • Wearing drug oriented clothing and accessories
  • Talking about drugs
  • Smoke, ambient deodorant or strong perfume odor
  • Eye Avoidance
  • Small bottles with screw on lids for storing cocaine (usually)
  • Small plastic packets with white residue
  • Chemicals missing in the home or quantities decreasing quickly
  • Paper bags or rags used to sniff the chemicals
  • Discarded containers of whipped cream or spray paint
USE OF DRUG SLANG
  • Cubes
  • Dots
  • Sugar
  • Strawberry fields
  • Sunshine
  • Tabs
  • Window pane
  • Trips
  • Squirrel
  • Pane
  • Pace
  • Paper
  • Big C
  • Blanco/blanca
  • Blow
  • Blast
  • Bolivian
  • Caine
  • Charlie
  • Columbian
  • Girl
  • Heaven
  • Happy Powder
  • Mama Coca
  • Mojo
  • Nose
  • Peruvian
  • Pimp
  • Powder
  • She
  • Sniff
  • Snort
  • Snow
  • Toot
  • Star
  • Trails
  • White Lady
  • Stardust
  • Crack or Freebase
  • Bedrock
  • 24-7
  • Bad
  • Basing
  • Boost
  • Bump
  • Cloud
  • Hardball
  • Fry
  • Ice
  • Piles,
  • Sherms
  • Whack
  • Clarity
  • Crystal
  • Decadence
  • G
  • X
  • Herbal Bliss
  • Wafer
  • Exotically
  • Gum
  • Shabu
  • Love drug
  • Cloud Nine
  • Herbal X
  • Rave Energy
  • XTC
  • Alquitran
  • Anti-freeze
  • Aries
  • Beast
  • Big H
  • Brown sugar
  • Chine white
  • Brown
  • Crap
  • Dirt
  • DOA
  • Dope
  • Dr. feelgood
  • Gallup
  • Gato
  • Gold
  • Goodhorse
  • H
  • Hard
  • Henrry
  • Harry
  • Shoot-up
  • Skag
  • Spoon
  • Smack
  • Shoot
  • Tigre de blanco
  • Quill
  • Mayo
  • Karachi
  • Wings
  • Witch
  • Amy
  • Army
  • Bolt
  • Climax
  • Lockerroom
  • Nitrates
  • Oz
  • Snappers
  • Thrust
  • Whippets
  • Weed
  • Ganja
  • Bud
  • IZM
  • Ju-Ju
  • Mary and Johnny
  • Mary Jane
  • Mary Jonas
  • Mow the grass
  • Moving the lawn
  • Bowl
  • Broccoli
  • Budda
  • Butter flower
  • Pine
  • Cannabis
  • Root
  • Rope
  • Sen
  • Shrimp
  • Siddi
  • Crying weed
  • Toke
  • Wheat
  • Wooz
  • Yeh
  • Yellow submarine
  • Grata
  • Griff
  • Gungun
  • Herb
  • Crystal Meth
  • Crank
  • Bathtub crank
  • Glass
  • Pep pills
  • Stove top
  • Uppers
  • Tweak
  • Whitecross
  • Speedball
  • Go fast
  • Granulated orange
  • Gorilla pills
  • Rocket fuel
  • Trank
  • Jet fuel
  • Wave
  • Purple plain
  • Prozac
  • Greens
  • Green and whites
  • Zacs
  • Pros
  • Limes
  • Zoloft
  • Zs
  • Zoomer
  • Z-loft
  • As
  • Anabols
  • Gym candy
  • Oxys
  • GHB
  • Pumpers
  • Arnies
  • Stackers
  • Weight trainers, etc.