What are the Signs of Drug Abuse

Drug abuse can be deadly. In fact, it’s hit Monmouth and Ocean counties particularly hard. So how do people know if someone is abusing? What are the signs of drug abuse? Here are several of them:


Walt Whitman said that the eyes are the windows into our souls. In addition, they’re also an indicator of drug abuse. Drug addicts will have bloodshot eyes. And their pupils will appear larger or smaller than usual.


Another warning sign is a dramatic change in behavior. For instance, a change in sleep pattern is one. If someone is getting too little or too much sleep, it may be a sign of abuse. Also, if there is a noticeable difference in a person’s appetite, there may be an issue. Obviously, a loss of appetite will also lead to dramatic weight loss. So it’s important to be aware of any of these.

Grooming Habits

And if you start to notice someone’s grooming habits change, there may be a problem. This can be seen in a number of ways. For starters, if the person has a strange odor, there may be cause for concern. Also, not combing one’s hair or brushing one’s teeth can be other signs.

Physical Issues

There are several physical issues that happen to those suffering from drug abuse. They’re constantly sniffing or have a runny nose. Their speech becomes slurred. They become more clumsy.

Personality Traits

Unfortunately, drug abuse also impacts personality traits. For example, it causes strains in relationships. Drug abusers have frequent mood swings, so it creates turmoil in relationships. If someone you know is acting secretive, this can be a sign of a problem. And financial issues are also a giveaway. Finally, if there is increased paranoia, usually for no reason, this can be a warning sign.

If anyone you know or care for is displaying some of these warning signs, do your best to get them the help they need.