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The Many Signs And Symptoms Of Drug Abuse And Addiction

There are many visible and easy to spot signs and symptoms of illegally or legally obtained drug abuse and addiction. If you are concerned that you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of drug abuse or even drug addiction, it is important to understand the many visible signs and symptoms. Before we look at some of the signs of abuse and addiction connected to specific drugs, we will look at the more general signs and symptoms that are common of all drugs - whether they are illegal, over the counter and prescribed.

The Common signs Of Drug Abuse and Addiction

  • -Runny nose, sniffles
  • -Glassy or red eyes
  • -A change in sleeping patterns; insomnia and or sleeping for long periods during the day
  • -A loss of interest in activities you used to love, sports and hobbies
  • -Caring less about personal grooming
  • -Becoming withdrawn from family members and friends
  • -Erratic mood swings; at one point bright and happy, then grumpy and aggressive
  • -Sudden changes in behavior, abnormal behavior and thoughts

We will now look at some of the most frequently used illegally and some legally obtained drugs and the signs and symptoms that might indicate abuse or addiction.

The Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

  • -Always agitated and irritated
  • -Feeling confused or stressed
  • -Blurred eyesight
  • -Erratic mood swings
  • -Dizziness
  • -Increased aggression and violent behavior
  • -Hallucinations
  • -Anxiety, nervousness and worry
  • -Unusual amounts sweating and shakiness
  • -Having difficulty maintaining control
  • -Depression and unprovoked sadness
  • -Exaggerated sense of power and ability
  • -Unexplained and over the top excitement, abnormal talkativeness
  • -Dilated pupils
  • -Serious loss of appetite, severe weight loss
  • -Feeling "Wired" - i.e. sleeplessness for days or weeks at a time

The Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse and Addiction

  • -Paranoia and hallucinations
  • -Constantly scratching
  • -Being very talkative
  • -Irritability and restlessness
  • -Loss of interest in sexual activity
  • -Loss of appetite
  • -Sleeplessness
  • -Dilated pupils
  • -Suspicious thoughts and feelings
  • -Panic attacks
  • -Short temper, quick to anger
  • -Depression and unprovoked sadness
  • -Anxiety and confusion
  • -Impaired mental ability

The Signs and Symptoms of LSD Abuse and Addiction

  • -Self destructive behavior
  • -Helplessness
  • -Panic attacks and anxiety
  • -Loss of control
  • -Vomiting and feelings of nausea
  • -Paranoia and confusion
  • -Hallucinations
  • -Distorted view of space and time
  • -Extreme euphoria
  • -Exaggerated sense of power and ability
  • -Decreased hand eye co-ordination
  • -Discolored skin
  • -Dilated pupils
  • -Depression and unprovoked sadness

The Signs and Symptoms of PCP Abuse and Addiction

  • -Impaired perception
  • -Depression and unprovoked sadness
  • -Feelings of numbness
  • -Dizziness
  • -Sweating and skin flushing
  • -Mood swings, including extreme aggression or becoming increasing withdrawn from family and friends
  • -Anxiety, fearfulness and paranoia
  • -Abnormal, often violent behavior (including suicidal thoughts and attempts)

The Signs and Symptoms of Inhalant Abuse and Addiction

  • -Loss of hearing and smell
  • -Tremors and uncontrollable ticks
  • -Uncontrollable eye flutter
  • -Clumsy and staggered gait
  • -Slurred speech
  • -Impaired mental ability and reasoning
  • -Emotional instability; erratic mood swings from extreme happiness to extreme sadness
  • -Short-term memory loss
  • -Headaches, that often leads to unconsciousness
  • -Dizziness
  • -Silliness
  • -Giggling
  • -Short term euphoria
  • -Increased stages of brain atrophy

The Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse and Addiction

  • -Drifting into sleep for minutes or hours at a time, dreamlike states and short term euphoria

Although for long-term users, the effects are like many other stimulants meaning they can go through a normal routine, others suffer a complete loss of power.

The Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Abuse and Addiction

  • -Extreme and erratic mood swings, particularly when high
  • -Sickly sweet smell on clothes, hair and body
  • -Stupidity and silliness
  • -Feeling less motivated, extreme bouts of depression
  • -Laziness and lethargy
  • -Paranoia and hallucinations
  • -Delayed or impaired motor and co-ordination skills
  • -short term memory loss and forgetfulness
  • -Bouts of excessive and uncontrolled laughter
  • -Dry mouth
  • -Bloodshot read and squinty eyes
  • -Excessive and compulsive eating

The Signs and Symptoms of Depressants (Such as Barbiturates and Tranquilizers) Abuse and Addiction

  • -Slurred speech
  • -Disorientation and confusion
  • -Slow and uncertain reflexes and reactions
  • -Poor judgment and loss of a sense of danger
  • -Staggered gait and posture
  • -Relaxed muscles and severe lethargy
  • -Slower motor skills and hand eye co-ordination
  • -Decreased levels of inhibition

It is important if you or someone you love is showing signs or suffering from any of the symptoms of drug abuse or addiction described above, that you seek professional medical help. As is the case with any other life-threatening disease, illness or condition it is true with drug abuse and addiction that the sooner addressed and tackled the better. Although it may seem like a helpless situation when you are stuck in it, there are many ways to treat and help people who suffer from drug addictions to get over their reliance on the substances.

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