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Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Symptoms of drug abuse:

  • Persistent efforts to cut down
  • Time spent thinking about or trying to obtain drugs
  • Important social occupational or recreational activities stopped because of substance abuse
  • Continued use in spite of knowledge that the substance is causing mental, physical and social harm
  • High absenteeism
  • Accidents at work, on the road or at home
  • Frequent claims for sickness benefits and sick leave
  • Deteriorating work performance both in quality and quantity
  • Mood swings and hostility that lead to deteriorating interpersonal relationships at home and work
  • Denial that there is any problem
  • A tendency to blame others for perceived problems
  • Promises that personal performance will improve
  • A record of petty offences, traffic violations
  • Patterns of drinking and using (eg using alone, timed drinking, binge drinking, self medication)
  • Memory lapses, or failing memory
  • Blackouts

Who is Affected by Drug Abuse?

  • Babies
    • Babies exposed to legal and illegal drugs in the womb may be born premature and underweight. This drug exposure can slow the child's intellectual development and affect behavior later in life.
  • Adolescents
    • Adolescents who abuse drugs often act out, do poorly academically, and drop out of school. They are at risk of unplanned pregnancies, violence, and infectious diseases.
  • Adults
    • Adults who abuse drugs often have problems thinking clearly, remembering, and paying attention. They often develop poor social behaviors as a result of their drug abuse, and their work performance and personal relationships suffer.

More information on Drug Abuse and Addiction

  • Drug Abuse and Addiction Overview
  • Who becomes addicted to drugs?
  • Why do people take drugs?
  • Drug Abuse in Teenagers
    • Learn about drug abuse in teenagers and why introducing drugs while the brain is still developing may have profound and long-lasting consequences.
  • Prognosis and Treatment of Drug Abuse
    • Drug abuse addiction is a treatable disease. Learn more about various evaluation and treatments of depression through psychotherapy and neurofeedback.
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