Signs of Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Signs of Addiction

When it comes to drug or alcohol addiction it tends to start first with experimental use in social situations with frequency escalating at various rates. For some individuals as drug or alcohol use becomes more frequent the risk of addiction can be realized more rapidly. Additionally, some drugs or alcohol can cause dependency more quickly than others.  As the addiction increases so do the signs and symptoms. Below are some helpful indicators to help see potential signs  of alcohol and/or 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.

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