If you are concerned someone you love is experimenting with drugs there are several things you should look for before you bound to conclusions about the situation. The first thing you should identify is the symptoms of drug use. Also, you should be conscious that different drugs have different symptoms.
Detecting symptoms of drug abuse
If you are concerned that a child or teen might be experimenting with drugs, you should check out their social friends and activities. Friends have a lot of influence on children and teens and if the friends are using drugs, then chances are your teen has been exposed to the drugs. They want to be part of the group.
This is an important aspect when teens get involved in drugs. Their need to be popular and accepted is a driving force behind many addictions. The drugs may be recreational, such as marijuana or cocaine, heroin, and the list goes on and on.
There are just too many to keep up with. There can be deadly consequences with any drug. Another drug is becoming more prevalent among teens and that is prescription drugs. Prescription drugs may be stolen from your own medical cabinets, but they can still be deadly.
Some of the symptoms of drug use are:
1. They appear anxious and irritable
2. They are spending more time in their room or away from home and family
3. Their appetite has decreased or increased
4. They are fighting and arguing more with parents or siblings. They may become violent.
5. Their grades have dropped and they are skipping school
6. They seem depressed
7. You notice needle marks on their body
8. Their eyes are red or pupils dilated
9. They are missing a lot of school or work
10. Their sleeping habits change
These symptoms may not be all of the symptoms but they give you things to keep your eye on for a few days. Even if they have some or all of these symptoms, this may not mean they are using drugs, it could mean they have an illness.
Do not jump to conclusions until you have more information. Get them to a medical doctor as soon as you can to make sure they are not ill.
If they are not ill, then you need to talk to a counselor to see how you should approach them. Intervention is very important at this point and you have to take a stand. You may be able to talk to them but more than likely, you will need to get them to a professional for help.
Counseling can be very helpful. Whatever you do, you must make sure they know you love them and support them.
If you are dealing with a spouse, friend, parent, or others you care about, most of what appears above in this report also applies to them also. The drugs may be different ones but a lot of the symptoms are the same.
Other symptoms, such as these listed below, may also appear.
1. Difficulty concentrating on anything for more than a short time.
2. Increased blood pressure
3. Decreased blood pressure
4. They forget things that happened or forget appointments, etc.
5. They become depressed or confused
6. Insomnia and weight loss
7. Missing work or appointments
Addicts are the last to know they are addicted. The people who love them know long before they do. It is strongly recommended that you first talk to a therapist or counselor who is well informed, for advice on how to handle the situation.
This advice will help you decide how to approach the addict about getting help.
It is unlikely they will change on their own. Stand your ground on them getting help immediately. Taking action is the first and most important step in the addict’s help and recovery.