Five Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

Five Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

Problems at school may be an emotional symptom of drug abuse

In most cases, people start using alcohol or drugs because of peer pressure, curiosity or to deal with problems in life. Since each person experiences substance abuse differently, it is often difficult for outsiders to definitively detect specific signs of drug abuse. Although the effects of each drug tend to be different, they can all be devastating. Emotional symptoms of drug abuse are often caused by withdrawal or intoxication and they can include just about everything from paranoia and euphoria to suicidal thoughts and depression. Fortunately, there are many ways in which family members and friends can differentiate between normal mood swings and addiction related issues.

How to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Drug Abuse

  1. Alcohol and drugs are classified as depressants or stimulants and can affect the emotional state of an individual. Unlike normal mood swings, the actions and mood swings of an addict are often volatile and unpredictable. The substance user may experience unexplained or sudden depression, aggression, hostility and mood swings without any apparent reason, even when that person never exhibited such symptoms before.
  2. One of the most common warning signs of possible drug use is when an individual begins to have problems at school or work. Signs of drug abuse very commonly include problems with coworkers, coming late to work or school, unexplained absences, changes in professional demeanor, or not getting along with people they once loved.
  3. Drug abuse may be present when an individual suddenly begins to behave secretively, locks doors, changes appearance, uses excessive perfumes or air fresheners, or becomes paranoid. Missing cleaners, chemical products, alcohol and medication at home is also an indicator. If you notice that the behavior of an individual has changed suddenly then this might also be a red flag.
  4. A dramatic or sudden change in an individual’s activity levels is also an emotional symptom of drug abuse. Substance abuse is the focus of an addict’s life and he discards all activities he previously enjoyed. If you notice a family member begin to break promises, miss appointments, make excuses, avoid family and friends, disappear without notice or lose interest in his favorite activities, pay closer attention to determine whether drug abuse may be the cause.
  5. Another sign of drug abuse is sudden change in choice of friends. If an individual is suddenly avoiding old friends, spending time with new friends and is secretive about these new acquaintances, the reason might be addiction.

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