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Indicators of addiction are many and not always obvious.   If you know someone who exhibits any of the following traits, there could be a drugs problem. Chances of this being true go up with the number of traits present.
  • Increase or decrease in appetite; changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.
  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.
  • Needle marks or bruises on lower arm, legs or bottom of feet.
  • Change in overall attitude / personality with no other identifiable cause.
  • Changes in friends: new hangouts, avoidance of old crowd, new friends are drug users.
  • Change in activities; loss of interest in things that were important before.
  • Drop in school or work performance; skips or is late to school or work.
  • Changes in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.
  • Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.
  • Lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, discipline. Bored, "I don't care" attitude.
  • Defensiveness, temper tantrums, resentful behavior (every thing's a hassle).
  • Unexplained moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.
  • Violent temper or bizarre behavior.
  • Unexplained silliness or giddiness.
  • Paranoia -- suspiciousness.
  • Excessive need for privacy; keeps door locked or closed, won't let people in.
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior.
  • Car accidents, fender benders, household accidents.
  • Chronic dishonesty; trouble with police.
  • Unexplained need for money; can't explain where money goes; stealing.
  • Unusual effort to cover arms, legs.
  • Change in personal grooming habits.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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