Signs of drug addiction
#1: Mood swings
Firstly, it is important to understand that it is normal for someone’s mood to change throughout the day. This is especially true if something unexpected happens and it catches you off guard. However, a mood swing is typically very sudden and intense. In some cases, the mood may seem exaggerated or unwarranted.
Another sign that someone you know may be struggling with an addiction is inconsistency. Addiction and dependence can cause a person to prioritize satisfying their cravings over other obligations. Indicators of inconsistency can be breaking promises, missing appointments, leaving meetings, or otherwise unpredictable moods and actions. Fibbing or lying may be used in these situations as a way to get out of obligations.
#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.