Who Is At Risk?
Drug addiction symptoms, much like addiction itself, do not discriminate. Men, women, old and young people, and persons across socioeconomic lines can all become addicted. But there are certain risk factors that increase an individual’s chances of developing an addiction.
What are active drug addiction symptoms?
There are three components to drug addiction symptomatology. There are behavioral, emotional, and physical signs and symptoms. Different drugs will present with different sets of symptoms and these will be indicated, but most symptoms will be stable across different substances.
- Missing work, school, or other important events or engagements
- Social withdrawal, isolation, or secretiveness about whereabouts and activities
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Legal problems
- Increased interpersonal strife
- Sudden, unexplained spending habits or financial problems
- Irritability and argumentativeness
- Loss of interest in activities, friends and family
- Acting inappropriate, or obnoxious and childish
- Appears easily confused
- When confronted, offers strange excuses, justifications, and rationalizations for their behavior
- Blame-shifting and diversion
Uppers give users an increase in energy. They appear ‘hyped up,’ agitated, and unusually energetic. Prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are often abused for this purpose. People will take them for that extra boost of energy and for performance enhancement.
On the contrary, heroin and opioid derivatives will have the opposite effect. The user will appear sleepy, lethargic, and slow or fatigued. They may fall asleep at strange times and in inappropriate places.
Opioids can cause slurred speech, the same as alcohol. A person can appear drunk, even if they do not smell like they’ve been drinking. On the other side of the spectrum, uppers, and hallucinogens like LSD can cause a user to speak rapidly, or repetitively. Syntax, diction, volume and tone of voice may change.
The size of someone’s pupils and the color of the sclera will change depending on which drug is consumed. Marijuana, amphetamines, and hallucinogens will cause dilated pupils and red eyes. Heroin and opioids will give users constricted pupils and a glassy-eyed, hazy look, similar to what happens when someone has consumed excessive amounts of alcohol.
Drugs will decrease users’ appetites. co-occurring sufferers of eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia, will sometimes use amphetamines to curb food cravings and hunger pains. On hallucinogens, users will oftentimes forget to eat. Dramatic, sudden weight loss can result.
- Body odor and lack of personal hygiene
- Sniffling, runny nose
In the absence of a cold or virus, users of cocaine and other snortable or smokable drugs, like marijuana and crack, will develop sinus issues and post-nasal drip. Users can permanently damage their sinus and nasal cavities.
Can drug addiction symptoms lead to violence?
In some cases, yes. Drug abuse and addiction can often be considered violence against one’s own body, and some drugs can make users aggressive toward others. Methamphetamine and PCP are well-known for causing hostility and criminal violence in users.
In addition, driving while impaired can cause significant damage and obstruction on the road, and risks injury to pedestrians, the user, and other drivers. In 2015, more traffic fatalities were linked to illicit drug use than alcohol use for the first time since such data started being recorded.
While someone may succeed at hiding their addiction at first, eventually, drug addiction symptoms will start to emerge. The sooner the individual is treated, the less likely they are to experience serious health risks and legal problems related to addiction.