Drug abuse affects people all over the world, regardless of race, social/economic status, and other characteristics. Whatever the reason a person starts using drugs, whether prescribed or as recreationally, physical dependence and addiction may develop – sometimes even before the user realizes it. When addiction develops to a certain extent, it can be extremely difficult to stop using drugs without professional help and specialized treatments.
Almost all substances produce noticeable symptoms and signs which can include behavioral or physical symptoms – or in most cases, both.
The most noticeable symptoms of drug abuse are those that have an impact on a person's physiological process. For example, over time, people develop tolerance with constant drug use, which is why the body needs larger and more frequent amounts. Changes in person's appearance when they abuse drugs are a strong clue and may include:
- Bloodshot/glazed eyes
- Hygiene changes
- Dental problems
- Sleeping problems (insomnia/sleeping too much)
- Constricted pupils
- Abrupt weight changes
People who are already at the stage of being addicted to drugs will show significant mood swings for no reason. Most drugs can affect the brain's ability to think clearly or to stay focused. Pay attention to the following changes in behavior, which are often associated with drug abuse:
- Increased aggression
- Attitude/personality changes
- Sudden changes in priorities
- Involvement in criminal activities
It is wrong to expect that a person who is addicted to drugs can get out overcome addiction by willpower or conscience alone. In order for the whole process of treatment to be as successful and effective as possible you need to talk to a doctor or mental health professional. Here you will get all the necessary information to set yourself or a loved one on a path to recovery.