Detecting Drug Usage in a Family Member

It might be a bit challenging to detect if a loved one is using drugs. Drug misuse in youths, for instance, frequently resembles typical adolescent moodiness. Furthermore, there is no set quantity or frequency of usage that denotes that a person’s drug use has escalated to the point of concern. Whether your loved one uses drugs occasionally or regularly, the negative effects their drug misuse has on their lives are what point to a problem. The following are some of the indications that will tell that your loved one may have a substance abuse disorder:

Encountering difficulties in job, school, or home

For instance, they are appearing to be high more frequently. They are taking more time off from school or office to make up. They perform poorly at job or at school, disregard their home obligations, and have increasing amounts of relationship trouble. Even worse, they might quit their work, stop going to school, or break up with a long-term spouse.

A shift from usual routine

Changes in sleep patterns, a tendency to look tired or run-down, significant weight loss or increase, watery or bloodshot eyes, and forgetfulness or other cognitive disorders are examples of new health issues. Depending on the substance they’re using, they can also show signs like shaking, frequent nosebleeds, or frequent sniffing.

Changes in their conduct and emotions

Your loved one can become more evasive and ends up telling lies about their whereabouts, activities, or drug use. If you try to talk to them about their drug usage, they could get angry easily or strike out. Even worse, they might disregard their appearance and personal hygiene and experience withdrawal effects of alcohol if their preferred substance is taken away.

Persistent financial issues

Your loved one might borrow money without a good cause, apply for loans to fund their drug addiction, or pile up credit card debt. Even worse, they might take money or possessions to exchange for narcotics.