Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse | DAC Allen County Drug & Alcohol Consortium

Do I need help?

  • Have you lost time from work or class because of drinking and/or drug use?
  • Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of drinking and/or drug use?
  • Have you been careless of your family’s welfare?
  • Have you ever craved a drink or other substances?
  • Do you feel you need something to get the day started?
  • Is your job, business, or degree in jeopardy because of your use of alcohol or other drugs?
  • Do you need something to escape from worries or troubles?
  • Have you ever decided to stop using alcohol or other drugs, but returned to using after a few days?
  • Do you wish people would mind their own business concerning your use of alcohol or other drugs?
  • Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not use alcohol or other drugs?

    Signs and Symptoms:

    • Personality Changes
      • Less caring and involvement  “I don’t care”
      • Lack of motivation
      • Frequent irritability or mood swings
      • Periods of paranoia due to “dual life”
    • Physical Evidence
      • Eye Drops, mouthwash, breath sprays
      • Cigarette rolling papers, roach clips, bongs, pipes
      • Room deodorizers, burning incense
      • Stash cans, images of marijuana leaves on clothes
      • Non-prescription pills/shots of over the counter caffeine
    • Physical Changes
      • Reddened eyes and or dialated pupils
      • Unkempt appearance or changes in grooming
      • Changes in clothing choices, long-sleeves
      • Weight loss, pale face, dark circles around the eyes
      • Unexplained skin rashes, increased acne
      • Persistent cough, frequent colds or illness
      • Runny nose, eczema around the nose
      • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
    • Behavioral Changes
      • Attendance problems
      • Drop in work or school performance; quitting
      • Increased need for money and missing items from the home
      • New friends with no last names
      • Lying, secretiveness, con games
      • Inability to concentrate
      • Spending more time in bedroom or away from home
      • Tantrums and/or verbal abuse