Signs of addiction

Here we give some obvious signs that can help you determine whether someone has an addiction to substances. This is by no means a complete list. If you suspect a particular substance, get more information about the signs of the use and effects by contacting our consultant.

Nicotine

  • The smell on the clothes and hair,
  • Bad breath,
  • Cigarettes and lighters among personal belongings,
  • Cigarette butts outside the window or in odd places all over the house.

Alcohol

  • Missing alcohol drinks in the bar at home,
  • Frequent use of mouthwash (that is used to conceal the smell of alcohol),
  • Hangover symptoms (nausea, vomiting, headache).

Marijuana

  • Careless appearance,
  • Fatigue,
  • Sweet smell on clothing,
  • Bloodshot eyes (if recently used),
  • Eye drops often used,
  • Pipes, pens among personal belongings,
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits.

Inhalants

  • Red eyes,
  • Stains on clothing or face (if recently used),
  • Chemical breath,
  • Pieces of cloth with the particular smell,
  • Empty containers among personal belongings.

Club drugs

  • Rash on the skin, it may look like acne,
  • Small bottles with unknown liquids among personal belongings.

Stimulants

  • Runny nose or frequent nasal bleeding,
  • Needle marks on the skin all over the body,
  • Prolonged insomnia,
  • Stained spoons, syringes, small pieces of glass and razor blades among personal belongins.

LSD or other hallucinogens

  • Trance (if recently used),
  • Dilated pupils,
  • Blotters among personal belongings (small square pieces of paper with cartoon images, sometimes they look like stamps).

Heroin

  • Extremely narrow pupils,
  • Drowsiness,
  • Relaxed look,
  • Stained spoons, syringes, cotton, matches among personal belongings.

Anabolic steroids

  • Bad breath,
  • Mood swings (frequent aggressive behavior),
  • Changes in physical appearance that are not associated with growth,
  • Drugs and syringes among personal belongings.

Other common signs of addiction:

  • Changes in sleeping habits,
  • Changes in eating habits,
  • Weight loss,
  • Changes in appearance,
  • Loss of interest and motivation,
  • Coughing, wheezing and hoarseness.