What Are Symptom Drug Addict?
Signs and symptoms
Sometimes the most obvious Symptom Drug Addict are simply observing that something is wrong or different.
Understand that the one addicted is most often the last one to know there is a problem, or be willing admit that there may be a problem.
Addicts will say they can handle it, or they can quit anytime. The trouble is the Drug has them by the throat like a hound dog shaking a raccoon.
When someone is addicted to drugs, there are few general warning signs that point to the problem:
- Does the person feel like they need to have the Drug regularly, every day or more than every day?
- Do they make sure they have a steady supply of their Drug on hand?
- Maybe they want to stop, but they just can’t.
- Because they can’t stop, they will do things they normally would not do to get the drugs.
- Do they need the Drug to function normally?
- Are they willing to do something dangerous while on the drug, like operating a motor vehicle, or some kind of equipment that can cause bodily harm?
These could be Symptom Drug Addict that you should assess either in yourself or in the person you’re concerned about. Denial is rampant with addition so as you make the assessment try to be as honest and objective as possible. Also try to think about how things have progressed in the last six months. Are there more signs now then there where six months ago?
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Symptom Drug Addict and warning signs
If you are visiting this site because you have concerns for a friend or loved one, you are probably going to see what's going on long before they do. People who are addicted do not necessarily see the whole picture. If you are concerned about a family member, friend or coworker, there are a few questions to ask in helping you’re assessment.
Addicts will continue to use regardless of everything that is happening to them and happening around them. They may drain the family bank account, lose their job, fail in school, damage relationships, ruin their health, or run into problems with the law.
If you are questioning your own Drug use, ask yourself some questions. Have you developed a higher tolerance for the drug. Does it take more and more of your Drug of choice to get the desired effect?
Top 20 questions to assess Symptom Drug Addict
1. Has their appearance changed; they don't care how they look?
2. Are they eating properly?
3. Have they lost weight, or have they gained weight?
4. Have you seen needle marks on their arms or legs?
5. Are they slowing down?
6. Do they have the shakes?
7. Are their hands cold and sweaty?
8. Have you smelled something on their breath, or their clothing?
9. Do their eyes appear red?
10. Are their pupils dilated?
11. Is their face puffy?
12. Has their coloring changed, become flushed or pale?
13. Do they have a blank stare?
14. Has their physical coordination changed? Are they staggering?
15. Have they missed a lot of school, or work?
16. Have their sleep habits changed? Are they always tired?
17. Have they become lazy?
18. Are they hyper?
19. Do they talk a million miles an hour? Do they slur their words?
20. Have you seen Drug paraphernalia?
This list is by no means an exhaustive list of Symptom Drug Addict, and even if they/you have these Symptom Drug Addict, it doesn't necessarily mean a person is addicted. Try to avoid being judgemental or jumping to conclusions. But also don't deny what is right in front of you!
Addiction and depression commonly go hand and hand:
Click here for more symptoms about Addiction and Depression
Another problem is simply that addicts see their behavior as your problem. Even if they are in trouble and need help, they believe the problem is not with them, but with everybody else.
Even if you are correct in assessing Drug Addict, understand that the addict will blame you for accusing them.
Think of it this way, your relationship with them may be the key to their recovery.
If they pull away from you and others, it could lead to their falling deeper into addiction. We encourage you to seek professional counsel from a Drug Addict therapist, or a physician if you think there is a problem. Please don’t wait too long!
Symptom Drug Addict in teenagers
Nowhere is Drug Addict more heartbreaking than in the case of parents who suspect something is wrong, but do not have the tools to recognize what is going on with their son or daughter. Here are some of the things to look for specifically with kids. School: Is your child keeping up with their school work? Have they lost interest in going to school and look for excuses to stay home? One suggestion to follow is to call the school and keep track of your child’s attendance in class.
Are there days when you think your child has gone to school, but the attendance records do not match up? Children who are in trouble with drugs will often begin failing classes, not turning in homework assignments or in general just fall behind. “I can’t believe Johnny is failing math, it was always his favorite subject.” A new pattern has emerged and it isn’t pretty.
Health: As a person slips into addiction a variety of physical signs can point to Drug abuse. Are they listless all of the time? Kids don’t want to get up in the morning, but they don’t always refuse to get moving. Weight loss and weight gain are signs.
The eyes are often an indicator. Has the life gone out of their eyes, or is there a major change?
Appearance: This can be a difficult area to discern, as fashions change and often times what adults feel is acceptable dress may not have anything to do with current trends. Watch for changes in dress.
Does a child lose interest in how they look?
Kids want to fit in and there is peer pressure to influence the way they dress. Girls, especially, are bombarded with images on appearance.
Attitude and Behavior: As children enter their teen years it is natural for them to want to break away from the family. When kids go to extremes to make sure you don’t know who they are with or what they are doing, the red flag should go up. When they become secretive and guarded, when their privacy at home prevents your open access to them, there may be something beyond mere adolescent rebellion. Perhaps their only interaction with the parents is to ask for money, and when asked why they need money they refuse to answer, or become indignant. Worse yet, they may steal items from home to buy drugs.
Common Addiction Question:
My husband is an addict!
We have been married for almost 13 years. I thought that using was in
his past. Then I found out.. he was doing every 6 months or so.
Well now 13 years later it has become more frequent like every month or more. I know that this may not be as serious as many people situations but I am done.
I don't understand drugs or addictions nor do I want to to. I have no sympathy and it disgusts me. I hate him for lying.
Sometimes I wish he were dead. I am so tired of trying. I know I need to walk away but we have two children. How am I going to do this. I am so sick of his excuses.... as if it is my fault. If I would only give him one night or let him do it without sneaking??
Is he stupid or he thinks I am?
I know this is no way my fault but for some odd reason he tries to turn it around. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can leave him without hurting my kids.
It would be much easier if he would just leave then I don't have to look like the bad guy to the kids.
Leave First, Ask Question Later
I would think later your kids will understand, if they do not already detect his problems. It is important to protect your kids from this disease cause it can be catchy.
All I am saying I have dealt with a guy 2 years with this problem, they only love the drug. This drug do not have feelings only when sober, when he start using again everything and everyone will suffer like it feels.
Something Has To Give
by: Ned Wicker
Your husband has a brain disease, which causes him to make bad choices and has severely impaired his ability to make proper decisions about his life as a husband, father and member of society.
He will continue to deny his problem. He will blame you, belittle you and as time goes by, you and the children will not be important to him. If his drug use is allowed to continue, your marriage will surely end. Don’t be surprised if he divorces you, because you are inadequate.
So many wives have suffered through this scenario. It’s almost like a script, a kind of dance that those with the disease have to go through. Because he cannot make good choices, because he is the one with the disease, because he is in denial, he must lay all of the blame elsewhere. That means you. There is hope.
You should call Al-anon and tell them your story. The organization is designed to help wives just life you, who are trying to hold their families together and get help for their addicted husbands.
Whether he uses once a month, once every six months, or daily, he has a problem and that requires treatment. There are many forms of treatment and a plan can be designed for his personal need. But you have to try to get him in. Addiction, as you can probably already see, is a family disease.
Sometimes, it is necessary to lay down the law. There has to be consequences. Your children need a father, not a drug user. You need a husband. His disease is preventing that, so to get your husband back and for your kids to get their dad back, something positive has to happen. If he refuses to get treatment and continues to use, you may have no alternative but to ask him to leave. That sounds harsh, but it’s an example of what can happen.
Call Al-anon and get some support.
I know only too well what you are going through I have been where you are and gone through your same feelings. I have been married to my husband for almost 16 yrs we have 4 beautiful daughters a huge house with a pool, everything that you could ever want but for some reason my husband always turns to drugs.
It started yrs ago in our early 20s with marajuana that turned to cocaine then most recently he stared using heroine. I stood by him tried to help he went though an outpatient treatment and got clean or so I thought 3 days before Christmas he was in the hospital for a bad reaction to shooting up cocaine.
I am so sad and feel so lost. He is a wonderful father and great provider sometimes I think thats the problem he has plenty of money to do these drugs. I know this is his problem and I really thinks he wants to get better but it is such a struggle for him.
If you could get past you anger and learn to not criticize and try to be there for him. I know its hard and it takes time to get past the anger but he truly needs help.It truly is one day at a time you have to really take it day by day.
My children are getting older and I know if he doesn't get help soon we will all be lost forver. I am trying to be supportive without enabling him but there will come a time I will have to close the door on him if he doesn't quit the ball is in his court and I am leaving it to him. You cannot make him quit he has to want it and do it himself.
Good luck I will pray for peace and comfort for you and your children I know how much this hurts personally.