Signs of Drug Use

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Know the signs of drug use so you can help your loved one early on

What are the tell-tale signs that your loved one is using drugs? Here’s a list of the common signs of drug use, especially in young adults.

Personality changes

  • Becomes disrespectful. May be verbally and physically abusive
  • Is angry a lot, acts paranoid or confused, or suffers from extreme mood swings
  • Seems depressed and more introverted than usual
  • Is secretive and lies about what he/she is doing and where he/she is going
  • Is stealing or “losing” possessions they may have valued in the past
  • Seems to be always asking for money
  • Withdraws from the family and family activities

Physical appearance or physical changes

  • Not taking care of hygiene and grooming
  • Not sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Social activity, work, or school performance changes

  • Drops old friends and activities
  • Is skipping work or school
  • Loses interest in work or school
  • Work and school performance drops
  • Is sleeping at work or school
  • Loses concentration and is having trouble remembering things

If you or a family member has noticed any of these symptoms it is time to take action. Talk to your loved one and see if they are abusing drugs or any other substance. If they admit to being addicted, the next step is to find out if they are willing to accept addiction help. If they deny the help and are not willing to seek treatment, it is time to hire a addiction interventionist before it is too late.

15 COMMENTS

  1. I am 16 years old and i Have a uncle that’s suffering from an addiction. He has had it for a while now, And i am getting worried everyday, he’s more like a father figure to me. He has 2 sons and is married,they argue like every day 24/7, i am just so scared I am gonna loose him or something bad is gonna happen. We are all worried about him. He has made a lot of mistakes while doing what he does. He has hurt us so much. I am just worried so much about him, i just want him to have or get help. I’ve watched your shows and it seems to work so I need help. Please.

    • Dear Liv – I can understand your fear. I am an alcohol addict and know what is like to be in your uncle’s shoes. I have three sons and I have finally learned to forgive myself for the pain I have caused them with my addiction. I am coming up on 3 years sober but it wasn’t easy. I have been intervened by my family twice and it didn’t work until I hit rock bottom. That is when I finally started going to these 12 step meetings for help because I was so desperate and I could not stop drinking. If your situation is urgent and you are not able to wait for someone from this show to respond, you can perform your own intervention as a family and try to get him to agree to get help or give him consequences if he says no. This is only a suggestion. I hope your uncle is still okay and is to the point he is ready for help or has already gotten help. I believe this website is the wrong website. Go to this webpage if you still need the help from the show Intervention: http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/intervention/casting

    • Julie – if you still are looking for help you can search on Google to find resources available. I just typed into Google “Where can I find resources in to help with addiction?” and several web pages came up in the search results showing me places where someone with an addiction can go for help. I hope you are able to find the help you need as you will not be able to do this on your own. Addiction is so powerful and requires help. Overcoming my alcoholism was the hardest thing I have ever done but the best thing I have ever done for myself. I was not able to do it alone. I had to get help! What has worked for me, is becoming a member of a 12 step program. However, just becoming a member doesn’t work, I had to find a sponsor who took me through the 12 steps, I had to become honest with myself, I had to become open-minded to all aspects of the program to include spirituality (not to be confused with religion) and I had to become extremely willing to take all suggestions from my sponsor regardless if I liked what was suggested or not. I wish well on your journey to recovery!

    • Julie – if you still are looking for help you can search on Google to find resources available. I just typed into Google “Where can I find resources in to help with addiction?” and several web pages came up in the search results showing me places where someone with an addiction can go for help. I hope you are able to find the help you need as you will not be able to do this on your own. Addiction is so powerful and requires help. Overcoming my alcoholism was the hardest thing I have ever done but the best thing I have ever done for myself. I was not able to do it alone. I had to get help! What has worked for me, is becoming a member of a 12 step program. However, just becoming a member doesn’t work, I had to find a sponsor who took me through the 12 steps, I had to become honest with myself, I had to become open-minded to all aspects of the program to include spirituality (not to be confused with religion) and I had to become extremely willing to take all suggestions from my sponsor regardless if I liked what was suggested or not. I wish well on your journey to recovery!

  2. julie, I see your post. I hope that you can find help. It’s hard to give up alone, but I hope you can. I am happy that you are reaching out for help.
    Well, my story is that I don’t know what to do with my sisters. My sister has been on and off drugs since she was about 14 and she’s 46, turning 47. She has a daughter that is 8. She may see her five times a month and she doesn’t work. Most time she comes to pick up recycliables or money for cigerattes. I know she doing more than drinking. What I hate most is that her daughter is so young and is envolved in this. I have got over the pain and suffering, but I know what it feels like to watch someone who you love do drugs over you. I know there is nothing our family can do to help her, but an intervention. How do I go about this without her knowing. My sister has been to at least seven different inpatient programs, but she refuse to live the sober life. What is the next step for our family? Second, if someone like my mother doesn’t stop inabling her should I cut off a relationship with my mother?

    • Hi Patrice – I hope you have found or will find the help your sister needs. I do not know what is like to be the family member of an alcoholic/addict as I am the alcoholic/addict. However, I am sure it must be so painful for you to see your sister suffering like she is. She is throwing away her life for alcohol/drugs. I will tell you one thing that I hope will help you to understand your sister. She did not chose alcohol or drugs over her daughter or family. An alcoholic/addict cannot stop. They have a disease called addiction which consists of an allergy of the body in which once the substance enters the system cravings set in and once that craving sets in they cannot stop. Without help she cannot break the cycle of addiction. If you still need to contact the show Intervention try this website as I do not believe this is the right website: http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/intervention/casting

  3. julie, I see your post. I hope that you can find help. It’s hard to give up alone, but I hope you can. I am happy that you are reaching out for help.
    Well, my story is that I don’t know what to do with my sisters. My sister has been on and off drugs since she was about 14 and she’s 46, turning 47. She has a daughter that is 8. She may see her five times a month and she doesn’t work. Most time she comes to pick up recycliables or money for cigerattes. I know she doing more than drinking. What I hate most is that her daughter is so young and is envolved in this. I have got over the pain and suffering, but I know what it feels like to watch someone who you love do drugs over you. I know there is nothing our family can do to help her, but an intervention. How do I go about this without her knowing. My sister has been to at least seven different inpatient programs, but she refuse to live the sober life. What is the next step for our family? Second, if someone like my mother doesn’t stop inabling her should I cut off a relationship with my mother?

    • Hi Patrice – I hope you have found or will find the help your sister needs. I do not know what is like to be the family member of an alcoholic/addict as I am the alcoholic/addict. However, I am sure it must be so painful for you to see your sister suffering like she is. She is throwing away her life for alcohol/drugs. I will tell you one thing that I hope will help you to understand your sister. She did not chose alcohol or drugs over her daughter or family. An alcoholic/addict cannot stop. They have a disease called addiction which consists of an allergy of the body in which once the substance enters the system cravings set in and once that craving sets in they cannot stop. Without help she cannot break the cycle of addiction. If you still need to contact the show Intervention try this website as I do not believe this is the right website: http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/intervention/casting

  4. Dear Liv – I can understand your fear. I am an alcohol addict and know what is like to be in your uncle’s shoes. I have three sons and I have finally learned to forgive myself for the pain I have caused them with my addiction. I am coming up on 3 years sober but it wasn’t easy. I have been intervened by my family twice and it didn’t work until I hit rock bottom. That is when I finally started going to these 12 step meetings for help because I was so desperate and I could not stop drinking. If your situation is urgent and you are not able to wait for someone from this show to respond, you can perform your own intervention as a family and try to get him to agree to get help or give him consequences if he says no. This is only a suggestion. I hope your uncle is still okay and is to the point he is ready for help or has already gotten help. I believe this website is the wrong website. Go to this webpage if you still need the help from the show Intervention: http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/intervention/casting

  5. I am looking for a way to get help for my boyfriend. I watch these stories on intervention, and his is just as, if not more disturbing. He I slowly killing himself shooting up meth. We have been together almost 3 years and I have watched him completely destroy his life, just short of killing himself many times. He now faces the possibility of 3 yrs in the penitentiary if he violates parole from a first offense meth charge. And inspite of knowing that, he can not stop. We have discussed the drug use, but the last time, just last night, he became very violent and agitated so I told him I wanted to end this. I want him to get the help he needs but don’t know where to turn for an intervention. I have previously called 911 when he was high threatening suicide, he was taken to a rehab facility but was released 3 days later. There is a long family history of addictions, as well as abuse from his childhood. He is such a wonderful person, and deserves the chance of beating this & saving his own life.

  6. I am looking for a way to get help for my boyfriend. I watch these stories on intervention, and his is just as, if not more disturbing. He I slowly killing himself shooting up meth. We have been together almost 3 years and I have watched him completely destroy his life, just short of killing himself many times. He now faces the possibility of 3 yrs in the penitentiary if he violates parole from a first offense meth charge. And inspite of knowing that, he can not stop. We have discussed the drug use, but the last time, just last night, he became very violent and agitated so I told him I wanted to end this. I want him to get the help he needs but don’t know where to turn for an intervention. I have previously called 911 when he was high threatening suicide, he was taken to a rehab facility but was released 3 days later. There is a long family history of addictions, as well as abuse from his childhood. He is such a wonderful person, and deserves the chance of beating this & saving his own life.

  7. insurance. We have called two different places and they have told us the cost would be upwards of $20,000. No one in the family has that kind of money. What can we do?

  8. insurance. We have called two different places and they have told us the cost would be upwards of $20,000. No one in the family has that kind of money. What can we do?

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