#3: Financial problems
Substance abuse and addiction take a toll on finances. Firstly, drugs carry a hefty price tag. However, the sheer number of uses required to satisfy an addiction are what really hurt the bank. Despite this financial burden, many people who are in lower socioeconomic brackets have problems with addiction. Even well-off individuals can drain their financial resources because of addiction. People with addictions may sell their belongings, ask for money, or worse, resort to stealing.
#4: Physical markings
Unlike other signs of drug addiction, physical markings are easier to spot. Injectable drug users will have bruising or discolored skin around the inner elbow or other areas they stick the needles. For inhaled or “snorted” drugs, runny nose or bleeding often occur. Drugs taken by mouth can damage the oral mucosa and normal flora, increasing the risk of infection, sores, and tooth decay.
#5: Evidence of the drugs
Lastly, seeing the actual drugs or paraphernalia is one of the most obvious signs of drug addiction. Oftentimes, drug users will go to great lengths to hide their addiction from those around them. Hiding spots can be under the bed or in dresser drawers. Other times, drugs can be hidden in plain sight, like in books, empty soda cans, or even in stuffed toys. These drugs may be discovered on accident while cleaning the room or rearranging furniture.