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Signs of drug use, abuse or addiction
There are many general signs and symptoms of substance and prescription drug abuse and alcohol addiction that are serious enough that recovery and rehabilitation may require help through treatment programs. Persons who abuse drugs or alcohol experience changes in their attitudes, appearance, and relationships with others, whether at home, school or work. Drug addicts and alcoholics not only affect themselves with this behavior, but they have a tremendous impact on those around them. If you are concerned that someone you care about is abusing or is addicted to prescription drugs, illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin, or alcohol, here are some are signs and symptoms to look for.
- Abrupt changes in work or school attendance, quality of work, work output, grades, or discipline issues. Drug abusers and alcoholics often have unusual temper outbreaks, withdraw from responsibility and have other general changes in overall attitude.
- Deterioration of physical appearance and grooming
- Wearing of sunglasses at inappropriate times
- Continual wearing of long-sleeved garments, particularly in hot weather; or a reluctance to wear short-sleeved clothing when appropriate.
- Unusual borrowing of money from friends, co-workers or parents
- Stealing small items from employer, home or school
- Secretive behaviour regarding actions and possessions
- Poorly concealed attempts to avoid attention and suspicion, such as frequent trips to storage rooms, restroom, basement or other locations.
Drug addiction recovery requires treatment
If you do see one or more of the above symptoms in someone close to you, the sooner they receive help through professional drug rehab programs the better are their chances for recovery and rehabilitation. Depending on the extent and type of addiction that treatment may range from certified addiction counselling to an extended stay at residential alcohol and drug rehab centers.
For more information on addiction and treatment options, call our admissions counselors at 1-877-465-8080. They are trained to provide all of the information you need and can tell you about the affordability of our facility, the Clear Haven alcohol and drug rehab center, or refer you to any treatment option in the US or Canada.