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How to Recognize a Drug Abuser

Aug 17, 2007
The sign and symptom of an abuser become known over a span of time when we closely observe their nature. If we are really care and are aware of their pattern of life style, it is easy to recognize even the miniscule changes. We tend to neglect some diversion in personality considering it as a passing phase. But in reality the change in lifestyle and habits are important pointers to something brewing in the back.

Signs Of Drug Addiction in Teenage
1. If a child is disinterested in studies, neglects school and evades question related to performance and grades, then it is time for action. Inquire at school about attendance, performance both in studies and physical activities.

2. Look for symptoms of illnesses like fatigue, listlessness, loss of appetite etc.

3. Their sudden interest in money matters should be of concern to you. The demand for hike in pocket money without explanation should not be neglected. Use of fashionable or expensive items suggests that they are stealing money and hence should be questioned. In such cases they do not allow the parents and sibling to enter their rooms. Also they avoid talking and responding to your gestures of caressing, loving etc.

4. Observe the change in sleep pattern, usually an addict either feels sleepless for many days or go to sleep for a long period.

5. Children love to do antics which every parent enjoy. If your child is showing hyper activity with inclination to do certain dangerous stunts, be careful not to appreciate it. The display of risky trick is due to the use of drugs which produces momentary energy.

In addition depending on the severity of addiction the patient may come up with signs like sunken cheeks, acne on face, dilated pupils etc. Some who are unable to tolerate the dose may show disorientation, vomiting, tendency to fall, slurred speech etc. Depending on the type of drug used the symptoms may vary from person to person. For example the designer drugs produce a sense of euphoria with increase in blood pressure and heart rate.

Drug taken by oral route like alcohol are easily detectable by their smell. The needle users also have the tell tale marks on their body parts.

In all, remember to be cautious once your child has grown to her/his teens. Try to assess her/him on a regular basis by having a talk about his studies and friends. Maintain an emotional relation to prevent him from diversion.
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