Whether people abuse bath salts, meth, cocaine, molly, PCP, etc. there is a general theme among drug abusers and addicts: they exhibit certain signs. Because drugs are a physical and psychological need for addicts, they may throw caution and reality to the wind in their efforts to get high. Since every user’s experience with drugs is unique, it is hard to give a complete guide about the telltale signs of a drug abuser and addict. However, there are some similarities that keep occurring. Here are 6 noticeable signs of drug abuse/addiction you shouldn’t ignore.
The longer you use a drug, the more of it you will need to get high. The more you need, the stronger your tolerance. The stronger your tolerance, the more you will need. This vicious cycle causes physical dependence – your body cannot live without the substance. This is especially true of polysubstance abuse – which happens when an addict mixes a “cocktail” of drugs and takes them all at once. This is dangerous, and withdrawal becomes severe. When our bodies are used to something (coffee, for example) and it is abruptly removed from our systems, our bodies typically act unfavourably.
2. Mood Changes
Drug abuse commonly changes how a person behaves. This may mean they are easily agitated, quick to get angry, are persistently annoyed, etc. Sadly, this may also mean that they grow increasingly lethargic, sleep for long hours a day, and grow increasingly depressed – which can develop suicidal ideations. This lifestyle is not one to brag about, and abusers typically grow secretive about their location or whereabouts when they’re heavily into their poison.
3. Borrowing Money
Everybody in the world knows that drugs are expensive. (That’s why it’s insanely profitable for dealers and lords.) Getting your hands on “the small stuff” may cost $10-50 here and there, which seems like no big deal. A drug user goes through that in a few hours, and the financial whirlwind begins. They’re draining bank accounts, begging for money from friends and family members, or even stealing expensive-looking items to sell them.
4. Physical Health Is Dead
There’re no denying certain drugs may help the performance and function of some people. There are drugs (both illegal and prescription) that help people get through their day. However, most drug abusers and addicts develop a lack of motivation to stay healthy. Severe weight loss ensues from a lack of eating. This lack of eating results in a lack of energy – and physical health steadily declines.
5. Questionable “Friends”
Many users prefer getting high with others who are getting high. In an addict’s case, this may mean developing friendships with questionably-moral people. Anyone who encourages the abuse of illicit drugs should be avoided; unfortunately, it’s this exact person (and group of people) most addicts befriend.
6. They’re Always High
Addiction is an illness. The user sadly has little choice about their addiction, and the battle to refuse taking drugs is overwhelming. Sadly, this may mean that they will be high more often than not when you see them. In general, they may display any of the following:
When you confront an abuser about their addiction, they may flat-out deny that they have a problem. We all deny that we have a “problem” of any kind. However, it is crucial for their livelihood to feel ready to enter a wellness recovery program. It may safe their life from an accidental overdose – a tragedy too common these days.