If you or a loved one has been struggling with drug use, you understand the self-talk that attempts to confirm that you’re in control and everything is ok. However, substance abuse can quickly spiral beyond your influence. Recognizing the signs of drug abuse is critical. Knowing what to look for can help you or someone you know seek the proper treatment.
Signs of Drug Abuse
Sometimes, it’s easy to recognize when someone is high on drugs. They might act differently than normal, have dilated pupils, clench their teeth, or sweat profusely. It’s not always that noticeable, though. Also, infrequent drug use is different than drug addiction or abuse.
Many substances have damaging effects on your mental and physical health. When men use them over a long-term period, it could lead to a higher tolerance. That means that you need to increase your dose to feel the effects. After a while, you don’t feel normal without taking the drug, which is a sign of dependence.
Some signs of drug abuse include:
- Severe cravings to use the drug
- Exhausting your resources to make sure that you don’t run out of the drug
- Reducing time spent on routine activities because of drug use
- Performing risky activities to obtain or while taking the drug
- Feeling like the substance use is out of your control
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the drug
Recognizing Drug Abuse in a Loved One
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if someone you know is having trouble with drugs. For instance, how do you distinguish between normal teenage emotions and drug use? If your spouse has a mental illness, how can you tell if drugs or the psychological condition is causing his or her uncharacteristic behavior?
There’s no hard-and-fast way of identifying drug abuse. Still, some signs can make you dig a little deeper to find out what’s going on. These include:
- Lack of motivation
- Change in physical appearance
- Change in behavior
- Requests for money
- Health issues
- Problems with relationships, work or school
What to Do if You Suspect Drug Abuse
Convincing yourself or someone else that it’s time for drug addiction treatment can be tricky. Educating yourself about addiction and refraining from being judgmental can make the process easier.
At Serenity Lodge, we understand how difficult it can be to drop everything and go to rehab. Many of the men in our care have full-time jobs and help manage a household. Taking the first step toward recovery is courageous. That’s why we’ve tailored our addiction treatment programs to be welcoming, revitalizing, and supportive.
While you’re with us, you can take part in holistic therapies that breathe life back into your soul. Our serene, picturesque campus is rich with amenities that include:
- Professional recording studio
- Pool and hot tub
- 1,500-square-foot gym
- Movie theater
- Nutritional prepared meals therapy
Going to rehab can make you feel whole again. Learn what it’s like to take control of your life again by calling Serenity Lodge at 866-379-4365 today.