Signs of Addiction
Act Smart, Save Lives.
It’s not always obvious when someone is struggling with addiction. One of the first steps to recognizing substance abuse is knowing the signs.
If you suspect a loved one is struggling with addiction, MNTC is here to safely guide you through this tough situation. Let’s learn how to identify signs of addiction, and what you can do to get them help.
If there is someone in your life who needs help fighting addiction, there’s hope. Contact us and learn how you can help save a life.
What Are the Signs of Addiction?
If you notice these warning signs, don’t panic. Simply take note of your observations and stay calm.
Physical signs are noticeable changes in appearance, movement and speech. This includes the following:
- Sudden increase or decrease in weight and appetite
- Lack of grooming and hygiene
- Unusual body odors
- Unkempt and unwashed clothing
- Enlarged or small pupils
- Bloodshot eyes
- Tremors, seizures or excessive sweating
- Marks on the skin
- Slurred speech
- Insomnia, excessive sleeping or changes in sleep patterns
Certain objects are used to assist substance addiction. You may come across these objects in hiding places, or notice them lying out in the open:
- Needles or razor blades
- Cut-up straws or small tubes
- Shoelaces, rubber bands or belts
- Spoons with burn marks or pieces of burned foil
- Pipes, bongs or lighters
- Rolling papers
- Aerosol cans, nozzles or rags
Changes in behavior can be erratic or gradual depending on the individual. Some warning signs to look out for include:
- Sudden decline in grades or difficulties with academics
- Extreme mood swings and emotional outbursts
- Skipping school or a decline in attendance
- Anxiety, depression, anger or paranoia
- Loss of interest in school, extracurriculars and hobbies
- Asking for, demanding or stealing money
- Shifts in relationships and emotional withdrawal
- Lack of motivation and inattentiveness
- Abusive or manipulative behavior
- Breaking curfew
- Lying, stealing and getting into trouble with the law