Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Certain signs and symptoms of drug abuse will depend upon the substance of abuse. Common symptoms of drug abuse include:

Mood:

  • Aggressive, irritable behaviors
  • Violent mood swings
  • Changes in mood
  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideations

Behavioral:

  • Declining work performance or declining grades
  • Changes in behaviors
  • Acting selfishly and not caring about others
  • Getting high on drugs regularly
  • Lying, especially about the amount of drugs being used
  • Not caring about other people
  • Stealing money
  • Abusing drugs while driving
  • Avoiding friends and family to get high
  • Trouble with the law
  • Engaging in risky behaviors

Physical:

  • Frequent hangovers from drug binges
  • Appearing rundown
  • Physical problems related to drug of abuse
  • Physical problems without a clear cause
  • Needing to use more drugs to get the same high
  • Mild tremors
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • Increasing abdominal girth
  • Leg swelling
  • Persistent nagging cough
  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Pain at an injection site
  • Dark colored urine
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Heart attack
  • Coma
  • Death

Psychological:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Paranoia
  • Problems with memory
  • Confusion
  • Aggression
  • Violence
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others
  • Cravings
  • Psychosis

Effects of Substance Abuse

The effects of drug abuse will vary somewhat on the drug of abuse. Some common effects of substance abuse include:

  • Frequent trouble with the law
  • Unemployment
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Problems with relationships
  • Difficulties staying employed or in school
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Liver disease
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death
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