Spotting the signs of drug abuse : London Health

Drug users are often very secretive so it can be difficult to identify a growing addiction; however, there are some signs to look out for:

Physical signs:

  • Bloodshot, red eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Swollen eyes
  • Sudden changes in body weight
  • Sudden changes in appetite
  • Lack of coordination and slurred speech
  • Blurred vision and trouble reading

Psychological signs:

  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness and confusion
  • Appearing distant or ‘out of it’
  • Becoming irritable and restless
  • Periods of hyperactivity

Behavioural signs:

  • Changes in routine
  • Becoming distant and reluctant to stay in social situations
  • Becoming secretive
  • Change of friends
  • Poor performance at work, college or school

Guide to Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Intro

Amphetamines

Cannabis

Cocaine

Drug addiction the implications

Ecstasy

Hallucinogens

Heroin

Alcohol

Long term effects of drug abuse

Short term effects of drug use

Solvents

Spotting the signs of drug abuse

Support for people with drug dependencies