Summary of Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

 

PHYSICAL SIGNS OF DRUG ABUSE

¨ Bloodshot eyes, pupils bigger or smaller than usual

¨ Changes in appetite or sleep patterns

¨ Sudden weight loss or weight gain

¨ Deterioration of physical appearance/grooming

¨ Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing

¨ Tremors, slurred speech or impaired coordination

 

BEHAVIOURAL SIGNS OF DRUG ABUSE 

¨ Drop in attendance or productivity at work or school

¨ Unexplained need for money

¨ Financial problems. May borrow or steal

¨ Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviours

¨ Sudden changes in friends, favourite hangouts

¨ Frequently getting into trouble

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SIGNS OF DRUG ABUSE

¨ Unexplained change in personality/attitude

¨ Sudden mood swings, irritability or anger

¨ Periods of unusual hyper-activity/agitation

¨ Lack of motivation

¨ Appears lethargic or “spaced out”

¨ Appears fretful, anxious or paranoid for no apparent reason

 

Posted by Stella Heuer (June 2014)