Signs and Symptoms of Potential Drug Use
Below is a list of potential warning signs of alcohol and/or drug use. Please keep in mind that this list is considered a tool for detection, not a diagnosis. It is recommended that you seek professional help if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one.
- Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits,
unexplained weight loss or gain.
- Slowed or staggering walk, poor physical coordination
- Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness
- Red, watery eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual, blank stare.
- Cold, sweaty palms, shaking hands.
- Puffy face, blushing or paleness.
- Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.
- Extreme hyperactivity, excessive talkativeness.
- Runny nose, hacking cough.
- Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.
- Nausea, vomiting, or excessive sweating.
- Tremors or shakes of hands, feet, or head.
- Irregular heartbeat.
Behavioral/ Psychological Symptoms
- Attitude/personality change
- Irritability or nervousness
- Secretive or suspicious behavior
- Loss of motivation
- Change in habits
- Change in activities
- Sudden oversensitivity
or resentful behavior
- Loss of interest in hobbies,
family, and friends
- Appearance has changed
- Excessive need for privacy
- Frequent mistakes
- Missed deadlines
- Minimal work effort
- Abnormal behavior
- Time management problems
- Poor judgment
- Inconsistent productivity
- Wide swings in morale
Just Say Know: Talking with Kids about Drugs and Alcohol by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson
This book is a powerful tool for everyone who wants to help young people make good decisions. It provides information clearly, succinctly, and without preaching. The information will help parents stay calm and lay the groundwork for conversations that are productive and not confrontational.