Signs & Symptoms of Drug Addiction

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The earlier drug addiction is discovered, the better chance the addict has of recovery. General symptoms of drug addiction are:

  • Mood swings, anxiety, depression, fear, bad temper, lethargy and tiredness.
  • Unusual laziness and unreliability; poor performance at school or work.
  • Neglecting food and appearance.
  • Constant sniffing, dry cough and skin peeling around the lips.

Specific symptoms

  • Pinpoint size eye pupils -- a sign of heroin and morphine addicts.
  • Unsteadiness, trembling of the limbs and confusion, sometimes resembling drunkenness, are indicators of tranquilizer dependence.
  • Red eyes, over-relaxed and drowsy are signs of a cannabis user.
  • Disoriented or giggly -- telltale behavior of an LSD user (and terror during a 'bad trip').
  • Overly loving and touchy -- symptom of ecstasy use.

Signs of drug addiction

  • Unusual smells or substances around the house -- tubes of glue, tablets, capsules and powder, greenish-brown tobacco, homemade cigarette stubs and hypodermic needles.
  • Uncharacteristic dishonesty -- stealing, perhaps to buy drugs.
  • Changes in the person's circle of friends, attitudes and interests.
  • Needle injection marks and/or bruises on the inside of the elbow.

Excerpt from Family Guide to Alternative Medicine