WARNING SIGNS OF A DRUG PROBLEM

WARNING SIGNS OF A DRUG PROBLEM

WARNING SIGNS OF A DRUG PROBLEM

Denial and more denial

Disrespect of parents & family

Items missing from home

Finding strange items in their room and clothing

Falling school grades

Coming home late

Sleeping late and long

Isolating from family members

Dropping out of sporting & other extra-curricular activities

Always asking for money

Unexplained new clothing & other items

Increase or decrease in appetite; changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.

Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.

Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.

Needle marks or bruises on lower arm, legs or bottom of feet.

Change in overall attitude / personality with no other identifiable cause.

Changes in friends: new hang-outs, avoidance of old crowd, new friends are drug users.

Change in activities; loss of interest in things that were important before.

Drop in school or work performance; skips or is late to school or work.

Changes in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.

Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.

Lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, discipline. Bored, “I don’t care” attitude.

Defensiveness, temper tantrums, resentful behavior (everything’s a hassle).

Unexplained moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.

Violent temper or bizarre behavior.

Unexplained silliness or giddiness.

Paranoia — suspiciousness.

Excessive need for privacy; keeps door locked or closed, won’t let people in.

Secretive or suspicious behavior.

Car accidents, fender benders, household accidents.

Chronic dishonesty; trouble with police.

Unexplained need for money; can’t explain where money goes; stealing.

Unusual effort to cover arms, legs.

Change in personal grooming habits.

Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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