Awareness and education are the two most curtail forces in combating or even keeping addiction from ever surfacing in your family. Our intention is to increase overall awareness on addiction and shed light on the early warning signs that a loved one may be using drugs or even be abusing a legal substance. Drug Rehab HQ has prepared a list of the common warning signs and indicators that some one may be using a specific drug, or that a legally prescribed medication or alcohol has started being misused.
Some of the images below are quite graphic but we feel they are necessary to help the loved ones of an addict, to know what to look for in someone who may be addicted. The types of drugs we have covered include alcohol, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, ecstacy, heroin, ghb, marijuana, and oxycontin.
If you have seen recent and sudden changes in a loved one's mood or disposition, and you suspect those changes to be the result of drug use but you are unsure of exactly what drug a loved one may be using, please browse through the entire list. Take a few moments and read through each substance and it's "tell-tale" indicators so you can develop an idea if a loved one may be addicted.
This information will ultimately allow you to better understand the types of addiction treatment options required for a successful recovery. If you would like assistance and an assessment from of one of our counsellors, don't hesitate to contact us, our service is always free and confidential.
A number of factors may lead one to suspect that an individual is an alcoholic. First, a person may appear accident-prone because they repeatedly report bizarre accidents and unexplained injuries. One technique used by some doctors is called the (C-A-G-E) questionnaire. Which consists of four cleverly worded questions about the person’s drinking habits.
Have you ever:
Another way you can decide if someones drinking should be cause for concern is by reading the following qualifiers for addiction and if one or more of the following statements are true there is likely some degree of alcoholism.
1) Your drinking has become a topic of concern. You tend to find yourself worrying about it and wondering if it has become a bigger problem than you admit. You probably don't dwell on these thoughts, but they do arise from time to time.
2) Your drinking is an issue of concern to one or more of your friends or acquaintances. It is known that others have noticed your drinking patterns, and they may or may not have mentioned their concern. (Any and all encounters with Law enforcement officials regarding consumption) should be included in this statement.
3) When consuming alcohol, there is a marked change in mood. You feel different emotions once the drinking has begun. You may experience happiness, or become depressed, irritable or even aggressive once you have had a few drinks.
4) Your behavior shifts when you've been drinking. There are incidents where you do things while intoxicated that under normal circumstances you would never do.
5) You drink in excess (far beyond legal limits) on a regular or repetitive basis. While this may only happen occasionally, it is an early warning sign because of the fact that it continues to occur.
Many people meet one or more of these criteria, and do not consider themselves to be alcoholic. The alcoholic tends not see the disease coming until it is in full force.
Some obvious signs of excessive alcohol consumption include broken capillaries (small blood vessels) on the face, a raspy voice, uncontrollable trembling in the hands, and chronic diarrhea. thorough physical examination may uncover, a visible network of enlarged veins just under the skin around the navel, fluid in the abdomen, a yellowish tone to the skin(Jaundice), decrease in the size of the testicles, and poor nutritional health. Blood analysis may reveal an increase in the size of red blood cells, a reduced number of white blood cells, and an increase in the number of certain liver enzymes.
Cocaine is a white powder that is derived from the coca plant and produced across much of South America in recent years this drug has grown in popularity and availability and sadly there are more and more people coming in to contact with this drug daily.
Some early warning signs some one may be using cocaine are:
Crack Cocaine is a highly purified and smokeable version of cocaine which is growing in popularity all across the United States of America as it is a drug dealers dream drug as it is a highly addictive and potent drug that does not last very long so once a person has used it wont be long before they require more of the drug.
Warning Signs a person is addicted to crack cocaine include:
Long-term use of crack cocaine has been associated with personality changes, especially in adolescents. Once addicted to Crack cocaine a person may disappear for periods of time with no explanation for their absence and when they return they will often be withdrawing from the drug.
Withdrawal from crack cocaine may be accompanied by the following symptoms:
Crystal Meth is one of the scariest addictions currently faced by society. It is quickly becoming the drug of choice in most of the states across the country. This is leading to a serious epidemic of drug addiction throughout the United States.
Some indicators someone may be using this drug are:
Long-Term Use Can Result In:
Ecstasy is a drug that appeals to a young crowd and is popular in the late night dance bars the fact that it increases energy and allows its users to access seemingly unlimited energy. Signs that someone may be using ecstasy may include changes in their behavior, in their mood, even in the clothes they wear.
Some specific indicators may be:
Signs that your child could be high on ecstasy:
Some call the withdrawal experienced after a weekend of partying, usually on Tuesday, "Suicide Tuesday”.
Heroin can be injected, snorted, or smoked heroin has the following effects on the central the nervous system Heroin is converted to morphine in the brain, where it clings to opioid receptors and produces a euphoric burst of pleasure referred to as a rush. The drug has a depressant effect slowing breathing and suppressing pain. After the initial rush, the user often experiences a drowsy state (called being "on the nod") in which thought becomes convoluted. Additionally habitual users of heroin quickly become dependent on it and if they go a period of time with out it they will go in to shock and experience acute withdrawal symptoms.
Indicators that some one may be on Heroin are:
Withdrawal can occur within hours of the last use, but symptoms may be at their worst between 48 and 72 hours after the last use and then taper off over several days. Severe withdrawal among heavy users is occasionally fatal, but heroin withdrawal is less dangerous than withdrawal from other drugs such as alcohol or barbiturates.
Withdrawal symptoms can include:
GHB can affect your brain and body. GHB or (gammahydroxybutyrate) is often used at raves or nightclubs and concerts. Club drugs, like GHB, can damage the neurons in your brain, impairing your senses, memory, judgment, and coordination. People who use GHB may experience nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and breathing problems. No amount is a safe amount.
If someone exhibits one or more of the following warning signs, they may be using club drugs:
Early warning signs of use in children include five distinct behaviors:
And four distinct Attitudes:
Observable signs that someone may be using marijuana:
Actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications including painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills, the New York City medical examiner’s office said. Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and other “celebrities” have also been known to take these medications. There has been massive outcry since the introduction of this drug and at least one 600 million lawsuit has been successfully brought against its manufacturers.
Oxycontin is one of the most versatile and popular opiate (derived from the opium poppy) drugs to hit the market. Once the time release coating is removed from these tablets they can then be crushed and snorted, dissolved in water and injected, or burned on aluminum foil and smoked. Removing the time release coating makes Oxycontin virtually identical to china-white heroin a highly refined version of the drug. Please refer to the warning signs listed for heroin use as they are identical for Oxycontin.