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Drug abuse signs & symptoms

Drug addiction, or drug abuse, has the power to affect anyone, at any time in their life. If you are visiting this page, it may be because you are worried about someone’s relationship with drugs, whether it be your own or that of a loved one. When addicted to drugs, acknowledging a problem can be the hardest step, as many often cannot accept that they have a problem. While admitting you have a drug addiction may be the hardest part, it is the first, and most important, step towards recovery. It is for this reason that, at Port of Call, we have compiled some of the most common symptoms of drug abuse in order to help you assess your situation, so that you can take your first step towards recovery.

What are drug addiction symptoms?

Common signs of a drug addict include:

  • The inability to stop taking a drug
  • Anxiety and a feeling of being unwell when you don’t take the drug
  • Needing to take more of the drug to get the same effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you aren’t able to take the drug
  • Taking the drug daily
  • Loved ones have expressed concern around the individual’s drug taking

What are physical signs of drug addiction?

Here are some of the most common physical drug abuse symptoms:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Either very large or very small pupils
  • Changes in appetite
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
  • Mood Swings
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia

Behavioural signs of drug addiction

Behavioural signs of drug addiction can vary from person to person. Here are some of the most common behavioural drug addiction symptoms:

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug several times a day
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
  • Neglecting other responsibilities and failing to maintain relationships
  • Doing things that would normally be out of character, such as stealing
  • Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug

Make us your Port of Call

The team at Port of Call is made up of people in recovery and professionals who are trained in addictions counselling. If any of these symptoms of drug addiction seem familiar for either you or a loved one, then please contact us today and reach out to someone who can help. Call our free phone line today on 08000029010 or email for specialised drug support and guidance on how to treat the above mentioned signs and symptoms of drug abuse.

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