DRUG USE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
When we turn on the news and read about our nation’s drug addiction crisis, we are inundated with information about the opioid epidemic. We hear tag lines and keywords like “opioid overdoses,” “opiate addiction,” “the opioid epidemic,” “the opioid crisis,” and so on.
In our efforts to study, research, treat, and understand addiction, it is safe to say that we have learned quite a bit about the subject as a whole. One of the principles we’ve been able to arrive at is that addiction is not merely a crisis that comes out of nowhere and besets a person.
Drug use and excessive alcohol consumption cause and worsen a very long list of physical and mental illnesses. To maintain a healthy life, avoiding drug use, or recovering from addiction, are vital first steps.
It’s very, very easy to miss the signs of drug use because drug users are trying to keep their use a secret. Parents need to know what subtle signs to look for to keep their children safe.
When you suspect that someone you love is using drugs, it can be bewildering, stressful and confusing to determine what’s really going on. This chart was compiled to help you identify some of the signs and symptoms of common types of substances.