The Signs of Drug Abuse

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Although the symptoms of  abuse vary somewhat  according to the specific substance and frequency of being abused, there are often behaviors that can be noticed by those close to the individual such as family and friends. One of the keys to successful treatment is early detection, the sooner the better. That being said, here is a partial list of common signs of abuse.

* Giving up past activities such as sports or homework

* hanging out with new friends.

* Declining grades

* Aggressiveness and irritability

* Poor memory

* Disappearing money or valuables

* Feeling rundown, hopeless, depressed, or even suicidal

* Sounding selfish and not caring about others

* Use of too much cologne

* Paraphernalia such as baggies, small boxes, pipes, rolling papers, straws, mirrors, razor blades

* Getting drunk or high on drugs on a regular basis

* Lying, particularly about how much alcohol or other drugs he or she is using

* Avoiding friends or family

* Planning to use in advance, hiding alcohol, drinking or using other drugs alone

* Having to drink more to get the same high

* Believing that in order to have fun you need to drink or use other drugs

* Pressuring others to drink or use other drugs

* Taking risks, including sexual risks

* Having “blackouts”- or missing time forgetting what he or she did the night before

* Constantly talking about drinking or using other drugs

* Getting in trouble with the law

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