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What are the physical signs of abuse or addiction?

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Last Updated: 01/16/2018 at 1:41am
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November 26th, 2014 12:40am
Staying away from family or friends, Not replying to phone calls or texts, Grades in school doping,
November 26th, 2014 7:28am
Bruises. Negative self talk. Impatience or constant worry. Pacing, window stalking, stealing. Distancing themselves from loved ones.
November 26th, 2014 6:12am
Overly tired, sudden weight loss, lack of interest, defensive, won't tell you where they go, lies lies and more lies. Addicts become master manipulators and will make you question yourself. Follow your gut feeling, it never hurts to be too careful.
May 8th, 2015 2:17am lists the following signs of abuse or addiction: Physical: -Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual -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 Behavioural: -Drop in attendance and performance at work or school -Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it. -Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors -Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies -Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities) Psychological: -Unexplained change in personality or attitude -Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts -Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness -Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out” -Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason If you feel that someone you know may be struggling with substance abuse or addiction, there are steps you can take to help! has a really helpful guide to all things drug abuse that can be found here:
June 12th, 2015 9:25pm
vomiting pain stress heart right yelling hurting one a outer lie taking money or running away from home
January 16th, 2018 1:41am
Of addiction, these signs would include personality changes, changes in behavior as exemplified by lack of motivation, irritability, and possible financial stress. Other signs of drug abuse may manifest too, like tremors and slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and/or nosebleeds, a marked lack of attention to personal hygiene, and changes in daily routine.
November 30th, 2014 3:33pm
I believe the number one sign of abuse or addiction is when you feel that you need the substance to get through the day when you start to take it to not feel any problems. If you are experiencing these signs I would seek help.
December 4th, 2014 7:49am
It really depends on the addiction. But for drugs or alcohol it's usually red eyes, dilated pupils, slurring of words,... or, really jittery, can't stay still. Picking at their body. It depends on if they are on an upper or a downer.
December 16th, 2014 6:54am
Bruises, lack of usual smiles, confusion, lack of focus, not listening as much, not wanting to talk about certain people/topics
December 20th, 2014 7:41pm
Lack of motivation. Weight loss, and concentration loss. Not reaching goals or deadlines. A general lowering of self esteem and inability to socialize normally. Irrational behavior and instability in regular routine.
December 29th, 2014 3:32pm
This is hard to define as there are obviously a number of addictions that vary in use / action and result. Somewhat the same with abuse however physical abuse will generally be more visible / evidential
January 3rd, 2015 1:01pm
Physical signs of abuse could come in numerous different ones dependent on the substance that is being abused. It could be yellowing of finger tips, and a scent that is unfamiliar, are some examples of Tobacco abuse.
November 9th, 2015 3:26am
The physical signs of abuse of substances or addiction depend greatly on what drug you are using, but in general: dilated pupils, red eyes, teeth clenching, sometimes skin abnormalities such as scabs from skin picking, and possibly yellowing teeth from smoking substances. Sometime people have track marks on their arms if they use needles or nosebleeds if they snort substances.
December 8th, 2015 8:23am
No hygeine , risk taking, neglecting responsibilities and other activities. They cannot tolerate. Get irritated and fatigue