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Signs of a Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorders and behavioral health issues affect people from all walks of life of every socioeconomic status. Battling an addiction on your path to recovery often requires outside help. A substance use disorder impacts the individual as well as their family, friends, colleagues and community. Use of most substances will produce noticeable physical and behavioral signs and symptoms. When you realize that you or someone you love has a problem, it is essential to get help right away. If you or someone you know needs treatment for a substance use disorder, Cenikor is here to proudly help.

 

Physical Symptoms

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of drug use are those that affect the body. Changes in appearance can be additional clues to possible drug use and may include bloodshot or glazed eyes, dilated or constricted pupils, blackout episodes, weakened immune system, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, sudden weight loss or weight gain, deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits, unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing, tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.

 

Behavioral Symptoms

A substance use disorder negatively affects a person’s behavior and habits as he or she becomes more dependent on drugs or alcohol. Changes in behavior can indicate a problem with substance abuse including increased aggression, lethargy, depression, sudden changes in a social network, dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities, financial problems, involvement in criminal activity, drop in attendance and performance at work or school, financial problems, unexplained change in personality or attitude, sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts, periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness, lack of motivation, periods of fear, anxiety, or paranoia, and many more.

 

Learning to recognize the physical or behavioral signs of drug use can help prevent the problem from progressing further.

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