Warning Signs

Warning signs

for drug/alcohol abuse:

  • Temporary blackouts and memory loss
  • Recurrent arguments or fights with family members as well as irritability, depression or mood swings
  • Continuing use of drug/alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problem or to feel normal
  • Headaches, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms when one stops drinking or using drugs
  • Loss of control
  • Neglecting other activities such as spending time with family and friends, drop in attendance in work or school
  • Risk taking
  • Relationship issues, people with addiction issues are known to act out against the people closest to them
  • Secrecy, not saying where they are going or going out of their way to hide the amount of of drugs or alcohol consumed
  • Change in appearance, Changes or deterioration in hygiene or physical appearance
  • Withdrawal, as the effect of the alcohol or drugs wear off the person may experience symptoms such as; anxiety, jumpiness, shakiness, trembling, sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, depression, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite and headaches
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

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