Now and again we may be in a situation where we think a friend or a loved one could be addicted to drugs. If that is the case, then it is important to know what to look for. That’s a good start of course, but sometimes this leads to them needing professional help.

How Can I Tell If My Friend Is Addicted To Drugs?

There are quite a few different things you can look for when wondering if someone you know or care about are addicted to drugs.

Behavioral clues:

–    Mood swings or changes in behavior

–    Withdrawing from friendships or family

–    Not caring about personal hygiene

–    Losing interests in passions and hobbies

–    Neglecting all responsibilities no matter the importance

Physical Clues:

–    Red, glassy, or bloodshot eyes or differently sized pupils

–    Runny nose or excessive sniffing

–    Frequent nosebleeds

–    Weight loss or sudden weight gain

–    Shakes, tremors, slurred speech, or messed up coordination

Other clues:

These can also be signs of drug addiction:

–    Small baggies that could be used for holding drugs

–    Spoons or syringes laying around

–    Burnt foil

–    Things missing like money, electronics, or prescription drugs

–    Pipes, cans, and plastic bottles that have been messed around with or have holes in them

How Can I Help?

If you truly care about someone, then you will try and help them. Remember that addiction changes people and they may not have tried to hurt you.

Understand that they might not think they have a drug problem, especially when it comes to different kinds of drugs. They may believe they are just having fun and not see those they have hurt.

Talk to your friend about your concerns and that you are worried they might have an accidental drug overdose. Don’t accuse them, just let them know you care about them.

Avoid using emotional appeals, don’t try guilt tripping them or anything because that can make them defensive and feel attacked.

What If They Don’t Respond?

If they don’t want to respond to your help, then give them resources on ways they can get help. It can be hard to get people to quit using drugs because of the potential drug withdrawal symptoms that can be uncomfortable or painful. Support and help them to make their own decisions since coercion does not help therapy adequately.