Sign of Drug Addiction

Addictions, whether prescription drugs or those purchased from drug dealers, are a growing problem. If you are worried that you or your loved ones may be addicted, there are signs that can help you to know that. You may have a prescription drug addiction if :
  • You do not use medicines as directed by your doctor, for example: You take medication in larger doses, or take medications more often than you should, or you use drugs in an un-prescribed form, such as destroying pills.
  • You go to more than one doctor to get the same prescription or medical problem.
  • You use prescription drugs for other people.
  • You do not tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking.
  • You continue to take medication after you recover or no longer need it.
  • You see the medicine cabinet of others to look for a drug that can be taken.
  • You take medications prescribed with alcohol or other drugs.
Other signs You may have drug problems :
  • You need a larger dose or more of the ingredients to get the same effect, and you can take more medication before you feel the effect.
  • You feel strange when the drug effects run out. You may feel trembling, depression, abdominal pain, sweating, or headaches. You may also be tired or not hungry. In severe cases, you can even get confused, cramp, or fever.
  • You can not stop using drugs, even if you want to stop. You are still using it even though its use has caused bad things in your life, such as problems with friends, family, work, or law.
  • You spend a lot of your time thinking about the drug, like how to get more medication, when you drink it how you feel good or feel bad afterwards.
  • You can not limit yourself. You may say to yourself that you will only use "unlimited", but then you can not stop and eventually use the drug twice of that amount. Or you use it more often than you want.
  • You've lost interest in the things you've loved.
  • You begin to have difficulty doing normal daily activities, such as cooking or working.
  • You drive or do other harmful things (like using a heavy machine) when you are stoned.
  • You borrow or steal money to pay for drugs.
  • You hide the use of drugs or their effects from others.
  • You have trouble getting along with colleagues, teachers, friends, or family members. They complain a lot about your behavior or how you have changed.
  • You sleep too much or too little compared to before you use drugs. Or you eat more or much less than before.
  • You look different. You may have red eyes, bad breath, trembling or tremors, often bleeding noses, or your weight may increase or decrease.
  • You have new friends and go to different places to use drugs.
Signs of other people addicted to drugs include :
  • Changes in personality and behavior, such as lack of motivation, irritability, and agitation.
  • Red and nose eyes often bleed.
  • Trembling, tremor, or slurred speech.
  • Changes in their daily routine.
  • Personal hygiene is overlooked.
  • Unusual needs in terms of money or financial problems.
  • Changes in terms of friends and activities.
If you think you or someone you know has an addiction problem, get help immediately. The faster an addict gets better the better. Look for drug rehab programs in your area for help.

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