5 Signs that can tell you if a Person is Abusing Drugs.

It appears abusing drugs seems to be the order of the day especially among the youth even though I have seen quite some older men abusing drugs this tells you they really started using them at a very younger age.

I happen to find myself in an area where it is somehow seen as a fashion for the youth to abuse drugs. When I say drugs, I mean whatever you are thinking. From the use of tie, rock, cocaine, weed and even common cough mixtures are abused.

That is indeed the sad reality on the ground. But what are some of the signs that can tell you whether this person is abusing drugs or not?

That is what we intend to discuss. This is indeed one topic which has already been discussed on Quora before and this was what some people had to say;

Amy Khalaf had this to say on Quora;

There are two TELLTALE signs someone is abusing drugs (regardless of the type of drug) Behavioural and Physical.


If someone is abusing drugs, expect to see behavioral changes. Regardless of the type of drug, substance abuse usually causes significant alterations to the way someone normally behaves. Many of these are common behaviors that most people abusing substances exhibit.

Everyone is different, though, and any behavior that is new, unusual, or that can’t be explained by something else, like an illness or a traumatic experience, should be cause for concern. These are some of the more common signs that someone is abusing drugs:

Lack of motivation and changes of thinking/neglecting responsibilities: When abusing drugs it’s common for people to to neglect their responsibilities to family and at home, which also causes problems in their relationships. They are likely to become apathetic and uninterested in accomplishing much of anything, including a decline in their performance in school or work. They may also struggle to remember things and make decisions.

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Engaging in risky behaviours: They do things they would never normally do that are risky and dangerous , for example, stealing, driving under the influence, which obviously then turns into legal troubles and having unprotected sex.

Financial problems: A drug habit is expensive, it’s lead to overspending , borrowing too much and getting into debt.

Unusual mood swings: Drugs have many side effects and everyone’s body will react to a drug differently, however, but commonly serious changes in moods are unusually depressed or anxious or may be more energetic and euphoric.


  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of appetite or increased appetite leading to dramatic weight loss or gain.
  • Too much or too little sleep.
  • Deteriorating personal hygiene
  • Tremors and excessive sweating

I certainly do agree with Amy on this. But what I have noticed on most of the guys in my area abusing drugs are these as well;

Losing Weight Quickly

If there is one thing you can quickly notice in anyone who abuses it certainly has to do with hanges in his or her weight. Most drug abusers lose weight quickly and that is something which is really worrying.

It is believed constant drug abuse suppresses diet and increases the rate of metabolism works. This combination is the reason a drug abuser loses weight quickly.

Changes In Behavior

Drug abusers get irritated very easily on even the smallest of matters. Not being able to get what they want triggers behavioral changes. These people will easily get into quarrels and arguments with friends and family.

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If you witness such behavioral changes on a drastic level then you must speak to them about it as drug abuse is a major cause of such changes.

Red Eyes

Have you noticed the redness of the eye of any smoker especially the weed smokers?

Eyes speak the truth. The redness in the eyes is a sign of drug abuse. Abusing drugs on a daily basis makes the eyes soaring and red because its physical and psychological craving restricts the person from getting regular sleep.

These people might put on sunglasses to hide their eyes so that no one can know about their addiction which their eyes clearly speak about.

Physical Changes

This is the most obvious sign that one can notice. The excessive use of drugs can leave a number of marks and symptoms on the body such as:

  • Dark circles.
  • Gray lips.
  • Loss of strength.
  • Clenching teeth.
  • Shaking of body.
  • Infection and bruises.

Thes symptoms can become worse if the abuser doesn’t get the drugs which their body so desperately craves for.


Insomnia is a major sign of drug abuse. It happens due to several reasons, especially when the person is not able to get the drug that they need. Also, insomnia can lead to other addictions.

According to research, drug abusers can easily get addicted to alcohol as well because it helps them doze off. But again, insomnia can be due to other reasons as well and can also be the cause of addiction.

It’s necessary for family members and friends not to ignore these signs and talk to the abuser because they might be suffering from extreme depression and loneliness. Talk them into joining a rehab center so that they can recover and turn a new leaf.

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There seem to be some sort of good news to those who want to seek help when it comes to quitting drugs.

If you are facing an immediate crisis, please call emergency services at 911.

  • Boys Town National Hotline
  • 1 (800) 448-3000
  • Crisis and resource line staffed by counselors to provide information about a variety of issues, including chemical dependency.
  • Covenant House Teen Hotline (NineLine)
  • 1 (800) 999-9999
  • General hotline for adolescents, teens and their families. Assistance with any kind of problem—including alcohol and drug use. Covenant House specializes in homeless and runaway youth.
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
  • 1 (800) NCA-CALL (622-2255)
  • NCADD’s HOPE LINE directs callers to numerous affiliate programs around the country to assist, at a local level, with substance use issues.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357)
  • National agency dedicated to prevention of drug use, and treatment of existing drug problems. You can get around-the-clock help in finding local drug treatment centers.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline
  • 1 (800) 662-HELP (4357)
  • 1 (800) 487-4889 (TDD) for hearing impaired
  • Confidential information service for individuals and family members faced with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues. Information available in English and Spanish.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • Not just a suicide hotline, this lifeline offers help with issues of drug and alcohol use.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
  • 1 (855) DRUG-FREE (378-4373)
  • While not a crisis line, this hotline provides information to parents about adolescent and teen drug use, prevention, and treatment.

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