If you think someone you love may be involved with drugs or alcohol, there could be some things to look for.
With the wide range of different street drugs available, it’s often difficult to recognize the signs of substance abuse in a love one.
From opiates to amphetamines, barbiturates and benzodiazepines , would you even know what to look for? The the signs of substance abuse in a loved one can vary person to person, as using drugs affects everyone differently. But there are specific signs that you can look for if you believe someone you love is in trouble. Some of the most common signs of substance abuse in a loved one may include any of following below:
- red eyes
- contracted pupils
- weight gain or loss
- slurred speech
- bizarre or irrational behavior
- needle marks
One way to recognize signs of substance abuse in a loved one is to pay attention and engage – especially with children and young adults. Look for any mood changes, change of sleep patterns, onset isolation and loss of interests.
Also, it’s vital to know where and with whom your kids are hanging out with. What do you know about these kids? How long has your child known them? Remember that peer pressure is the one way children and teens begin to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Don’t make the horrible mistake of giving your loved one the benefit of the doubt. Trust is earned – not given.
If you believe there are signs of substance abuse in a loved one, have that uncomfortable dialogue with them and don’t be afraid to ask if that hard question as to if drugs are being used. You may not hear what you want to hear, but ignoring the signs of substance abuse can be deadly and there are programs that can help before it’s too late.