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Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use

Behavioral

• Hiding use; lying and covering up 
• Sense that the person will "do anything" to use again regardless of consequences 
• Loss of control or choice of use (drug-seeking behavior) 
• Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities 
• Emotional instability 
• Hyperactive, hyper-aggressive or depression 
• Missing school or work 
• Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or work 
• Complaints from teachers or co-workers 
• Reports of intoxication at school or work 
• Furtive or secretive behavior 
• Avoiding eye contact 
• Locked doors 
• Going out every night 
• Change in friends or peer group 
• Change in clothing or appearance 
• Unusual smells on clothing or breath 
• Heavy use of perfumes, sprays or incense to hide smoke or chemical odors 
• Hidden stashes of alcohol 
• Alcohol missing from your supply 
• Prescription medicine missing 
• Money missing 
• Valuables missing 
• Disappearances for long periods of time 
• Running away 
• Secretive phone calls 
• Unusual containers or wrappers

Physical

• Change in sleeping patterns 
• Bloodshot eyes 
• Slurred or agitated speech 
• Sudden or dramatic weight loss or gain 
• Skin abrasions/bruises 
• Neglected appearance/poor hygiene 
• Sick more frequently 
• Accidents or injuries