Drug Alcohol Abuse

Drug Alcohol Abuse

Indications that someone is using drugs or alcohol:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Mood swings- becomes irritable and grumpy then suddenly happy and bright
  • Withdrawal from family and friends and/or sudden changes in friends
  • Careless about personal grooming or personal appearance
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, favorite activities, or work
  • Change in sleeping pattern- up at night and sleeps during the day
  • Glassy, red eyes or pupils smaller or larger than normal
  • Changes in appetite- sudden weight loss or gain
  • Unusual or unexplained need for money- borrowing, stealing, missing valuables/money

As the effects of drugs and alcohol wear off, someone may exhibit signs of withdrawal that include:

  • Anxiety
  • Shakiness/tremors
  • Hot & cold spells
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability/easily agitated
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration):
1-800-662-HELP (4357) Free, confidential, 24 hour, 365 day a year information service.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline: 800-622-2255

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