Practical warning signs of drug abuse
- Change in friends. Hanging out with a new group
- Reclusive behaviour - long periods spent in self imposed isolation
- Long, unexplained absences
- Hyperactivity and aggression
- Lying and stealing
- Involvement on the wrong side of the law
- Deteriorating family relationships
- Avoid eye contact
- Changes in behaviour and attitude
- Blaming others, denial of substance abuse, deflecting guilt.
- Arrogance and grandiosity
- Sudden shifts or changes in mood and personalit
- Emotional instability
- No interest in previously enjoyed hobbies or activities
- Decrease in their appearance changed; they don't care how they look
- Change eating habits. Weight loss or weight gain.
- Needle marks, skin abrasions or bruises on their arms or legs
- Lethargic, slowing down
- ‘The Shakes’
- Cold and sweaty hands
- Have you smelled something on their breath, or their clothing?
- Bloodshot or red eyes.
- Dilated pupils. Do they have a blank stare?
- Sores on their skin
- Puffy face.
- Nose bleeds
- Skin colouring has changed, flushed or pale
- Physical coordination changed. Are they staggering?
- Absenteeism. Miss a lot of school, or work. Frequently sick.
- They seem to have injuries and accidents
- Their sleep habits changed
- Lethargic, tired, lazy
- Hyped, loud.
- Do they talk a million miles an hour? Do they slur their words?
- Drug paraphernalia in the home, car or clothing