How to know if someone is addicted to drugs

How to know if someone is addicted to drugs

Once you know the ways to tell if someone is addicted to drugs it can be fairly easy to spot. Before knowing the signs of addiction it can be almost impossible to notice as well as understand what is going on with someone who has a drug problem. If you think there may even be a slight chance that someone you know is addicted to drugs then read on. In fact, if you think there is a chance you, yourself, might be addicted to drugs, then also, read on. This blog will explain how to know if someone is addicted to drugs.


  • They are neglecting their responsibilities at school, work, or home (e.g. flunking classes, skipping work, neglecting their children) because of their drug use.
  • They are using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.
  • Their drug use is getting them into legal trouble, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit. 
  • Their drug use is causing problems in their relationships, such as fights with their partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.

How to Know if someone is Addicted to Drugs for the drug user

  • You’ve built up a drug tolerance. You need to use more of the drug to experience the same affects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
  • You take drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
  • You’ve lost control over your drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using, but you feel powerless.
  • Your life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
  • You’ve abandoned activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of your drug use.
  • You continue to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. It’s causing major problems in your life—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway

How to know if someone is addicted to drugs: Physical warning signs of drug addiction

  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination

How to know if someone is addicted to drugs: Behavioral signs of drug addiction

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)

How to know if someone is addicted to drugs: Psychological warning signs of drug addiction

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason

If you think you know someone is addicted to drugs the next step would be to try and help them or if it is you addicted to drugs, help yourself. There are many resources available today for people who are addicted to drugs including interventions, detox programs, inpatient treatment programs, outpatient programs and so much more. Someone who is addicted to drugs is going to need help. If they are unwilling to get help you cannot force them into getting better, remember that. What you can do, is let them know there is a way out if they want it.

Effective Communication in Recovery

Effective Communication in Recovery

Effective communication in recovery is the key to living a healthy lifestyle and having healthy relationships. Communication plays an important role in everyone’s day to day life regardless if they are in recovery or not. So it is important for those who are in recovery to know who to effectively communicate especially because those people in recovery can sometimes be hindered by certain past experiences, character defects, and fear that keep them from communicating the right way.

In order to have effective communication in recovery you want to avoid leaving discussions about heavy issues and topics such as your money, weekly plans, things that are really bothering you until the end of the day. Most people are not willing to deal with major issues at the end of the day when they are most tired. Either leave the heavier topics for morning or make sure to talk about them in the morning. Whoever you are talking to about these issues will most likely be able to respond better this way.

For effective communication in recovery you also want to make sure you have the right conversations at the right times. For intimate conversations you want to choose the right places. If you need to tell someone new that isn’t going to be taken well, don’t do it in public, near friends, colleagues or near other people. Be mindful of the person who is receiving the news and communicate with them privately. This will also allow them and you to have open communication about whatever the intimate conversation is discussing.

The next best step to effective communication in recovery is to remove all the distractions. It is rude to pick up your phone in the middle of a conversation. Turn off your phone if you have to. Do not allow external distractions to sidetrack your concentration. It will distract both you and the person you are talking to.

If you have something important to talk about, the main task to effectively communicate is to organize and clarify the ideas in your head. Organizing and clarifying ideas in your head should be done before you attempt to communicate something important especially if you are passionate about whatever it is you are trying to communicate to the other person. Find some key points and stick them.

Communicating isn’t just about what you say either it is also about body language. During drug use and drinking, addicts and alcoholics can become unaware of their body language. It is good to remember while you are talking to recognize people, avoid negative facial expressions, and to keep eye contact.

If you are dealing with conflict and want to effectively communicate especially in recovery make sure to listen to the other party, speak in a calm voice, don’t try to finish the argument at all costs, not to try and get the last word in, and most importantly; only use “I” statements. When communicating during conflict try to keep the focus on how you feel. Start your sentences with “I…” and this will make the person more receptive. It also makes it sound like you are not accusing by saying “You did this. . .” etc.

Effective communication in recovery can be easy and it takes time to get comfortable with it just as it would for someone who isn’t in recovery. The point is to make sure the focus is always on the other person not on you.