The abuse of opioid medications is at epidemic levels. As result, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. More than 2 million Americans have some sort of opioid dependence. Remember, drug abuse also affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, and socioeconomic status. No matter the reason a person starts taking the drugs (prescription use, recreational, pain, etc.) tolerance and dependency can develop quickly.
Although each drug has its own manifestations, there are both physical and behavioral signs and symptoms that become noticeable with drug abuse.
DRUG ABUSE: PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS
A noticeable physical symptom is your body’s tolerance to the drug. This means that trying to get the high or wanted effect of the drug requires an increased amount of the drug. The desire to achieve this high is very serious as this can lead to overdose. Perhaps the person has tried to cut down or stop using the drug but can’t. If they have tried to cut down, they probably have experienced withdrawal symptoms.
Other physical symptoms may include changes in appearance such as:
• Red or glassy eyes
• Sniffly or runny nose
• Carelessness about personal grooming
• Fluctuations in weight
DRUG ABUSE: BEHAVIORAL SIGNS
Drug abuse negatively affects a person’s behavior and habits. The following changes in behavior may exist:
• Being secretive or lying frequently
• Mood swings
• Changes in attitude or personality
• Withdrawal from family members
• Changes in social network
• Loss of interest in favorite activities
• Major changes in sleep or energy levels
• Financial problems
If you recognize any of these drug abuse signs in yourself or a loved one, act quickly before the drug abuse progresses further. It is important to realize that drug abuse or addiction can happen to anyone. Addiction Medicine Care A.M.C. is dedicated to providing the finest drug treatment for each client. Our individualized programs are based upon your individualized needs. Contact us today at A.M.C. Columbus or A.M.C. Nashville. Your call is completely confidential.