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Signs of Drug Abuse

Written on: August 18th, 2009 By:

Signs of Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is generally a precursor to drug addiction, although not always. Some people start using drugs and alcohol as a response to major life transitions or traumatic events that may be unsettling. This could mean changing jobs, schools or geographic locations or it could be the loss of a loved one. If drug abuse is detected early enough, it can be interrupted by professionals at a drug rehab center before it spirals into drug addiction. Signs of drug abuse take many forms.

One of the most obvious signs of drug abuse is appearance. People who are under the influence generally exhibit a change in appearance. They may begin to dress differently or pay less attention to overall appearance. People under the influence may also frequently wear sunglasses as the appearance of the eyes is a strong indicator of drug abuse.  For example:

  • Constricted pupils (pinpoints): Indicates abuse of opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine or prescription painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin
  • Droopy, unfocused eyes: Exhibits signs of benzodiazepine drug abuse, such as Valium or Xanax
  • Red, irritated eyes with a dazed look: Indicates signs of marijuana use
  • Large pupils, glassy eyes: Signs of stimulant use, such as cocaine or meth
  • Glassy eyes, vacant stare: May indicate person under the influence of psycho stimulant, such as LSD
  • Runny eyes: Indicative of inhalant abuse or “huffing” paint or glue

These are just some of the signs of drug abuse. Others include a change in normal patterns and routines, such as hanging out with a different crowd, change in sleeping patterns (not sleeping or sleeping too much), missing work or school, poor performance, irritability, mood swings, and/or deterioration of close relationships. If you suspect a loved one needs help for alcohol or drug abuse, the time to get help is now, before it gets worse.

At SouthCoast Recovery in Dana Point, California, we offer specialized residential drug and alcohol treatment tailored to each individual for 30, 60, 90 days and 6 months. Stop drug abuse before it spirals into drug addiction.  Call our drug rehab center today to find out what to do when you suspect signs of drug abuse. Our intake counselors can help you take the steps necessary to help a loved one get out of trouble and on with life.

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