Five Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

Five Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

Defensiveness is a symptom of drug abuse

Everyone experiences natural changes in their moods every day. Something as simple as a commercial can cause sadness or happiness. A few hours later, an email from a colleague may trigger anxiety or anger. Mood changes are a natural reaction to the events that unfold every day. However, drug addiction produces emotional side effects that mirror or are masked by natural moods. Californians may find it difficult to tell the difference between natural moods and moods produced by substance abuse.

While every person responds uniquely to the drugs they abuse, most addicts display common emotional symptoms of addiction. Not every person demonstrates every symptom, but most will show at least some signs. These signs will often intensify over time, becoming unbearable and uncontrollable.

Emotional symptoms of possible drug abuse that Californian communities can look out for include:

  1. Presence of new emotions. If someone you love is showing emotions that are out of character for him, then he might be abusing drugs. For example, someone who is normally laid back and easy going may show signs of restlessness, angst, and anxiety. Someone who is normally upbeat and happy may display the symptoms of depression. Keep in mind that these emotions would be steady rather than just situational.
  2. Magnification of current emotions. People under the influence of drugs will act out their emotions in an intense manner. Anger becomes rage, worry becomes intense anxiety, sadness becomes severe depression. A friend who generally controls emotions well will become inconsolable and out of control.
  3. Disinhibition. The lowering or disappearance of inhibition often accompanies drug addiction. This lack of boundaries leads to impulsive and dangerous behaviors, like sexual promiscuity, driving under the influence, and taking multiple substances simultaneously.
  4. Defensiveness. People who are becoming addicted to substances will often become defensive when confronted about their drug usage. He or she will often employ a number of tactics to avoid responsibility, including blaming others, changing the subject, rationalizing, and making light of the situation. These are all signs that an addiction is taking root.
  5. Loss of interest in other activities. Drugs consume a person’s thoughts, emotions, schedule, interests, and relationships. Over time, a user will lose the desire to socialize, engage in hobbies, pursue relationships or even work. Every waking thought is consumed by the drug—how to acquire more, how to get money to buy more, when you can use again, how to avoid getting caught, etc. When you lose interest in everything else, then addiction has taken ahold of your life.

These are just a few of the emotional cues of possible drug abuse Californians may notice in loved ones that may be struggling with an addiction. In general, when a person’s behavior changes radically, then he or she may be struggling with an addiction. As soon as you or a loved one shows behavioral and emotional changes that last a long time, take steps to get help.

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