Which Drug Are They Using? Find Out the Tell-Tale Signs of Addiction

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You may notice that a friend, family member, parent, sibling, offspring, or colleague is showing strange behavior. You may suspect that they could be on to something as you watch them slowly yet drastically deteriorate over time. You think: This person could have a drug problem or addiction.

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Here are the tell-tale signs of addiction you have to watch out for to find out what kind of drug they could be abusing.

Tell-tale signs of addiction

1. Marijuana (Pot/Cannabis/Hash)

  • Users can get sleepy right after smoking marijuana. They may also feel so relaxed that it impairs their coordination so they seem clumsy and awkward. Some also exhibit heightened craving for food (the munchies).
  • Those who are under the influence can also have a hard time remembering events.
  • Physically, they exhibit dry, bloodshot eyes so they use eye-drops frequently. You can also smell marijuana on their clothes, hair, and body.

2. LSD

  • The effects of LSD can last up to 12 hours even with just a single dose. It causes them to lose touch with reality, becoming disoriented and even experiencing hallucinations. Often, hallucinations may become so realistic that they may try to respond or interact with what they “see.”
  • LSD users exhibit erratic behavior and sudden extreme mood swings. They may also feel panic and anxiety.
  • They may have unnaturally dilated pupils as well as sweaty hands and extreme perspiration all over the body due to high body temperature.

3. Cocaine

  • Cocaine will cause a person to be more confident and have less inhibitions. They may act aggressive and violent.
  • Users will have an increased focus and energy, allowing them to be tirelessly active for hours on end compared to a non-user. They may also speak very fast, acting jittery and jumpy.
  • Cocaine causes people to also feel a heightened sense of euphoria, but it’s just so brief that users will be attracted to the drug to feel it all over again, making addiction very likely and fast.
  • Users can be identified because they look gaunt, with less to no regard for their appearance and hygiene. For those who snort, they always have runny noses and may experience nose bleeds. Eyes are also red and pupils are dilated.

4. Heroin

  • This drug slows breathing and relaxes users while giving them a sense of peace and happiness.
  • Users constantly nod off immediately after using, and dying out of choking in their own vomit can be a big risk.
  • Users feel lethargic and depressed. After use, their movements can be very slow as their minds are overwhelmed by the drug.
  • Signs of addiction to heroin includes those users who inject the drug. They would have mark lines from repeated injections. They may also try to hide these marks by wearing long sleeves and baggy clothes.
  • They may also neglect taking care of themselves.

5. Meth

  • Meth users can stay awake for long periods of time. They are also prone to doing repetitive tasks obsessively. They are also more focused.
  • They experience agitation, paranoia, aggression, violence, over-confidence, lack of inhibition, and even promiscuity. This can stem from their heightened sense of well-being and euphoria.
  • Their skin becomes acne-prone while their body sags as they lose weight. This is because their bodies can also not feel hunger when they are on the drug. Their teeth also develop rots and other oral problems (meth mouth) due to the drug and their lack of motivation to take care of themselves.
  • Hair and weight loss occurs, as well as dry skin and what is called meth marks. Meth marks are caused when users pick at their skin, causing sores and wounds due to the imaginary “bugs” that crawl up their skin. They may also gnash their teeth repeatedly.

Watch out for a combination of these signs of addiction to find out for sure if they have a drug problem. Still, it’s best to sit them down and talk to them to find out the truth and how you can help them.


If you have confirmed that your loved one indeed has a drug problem, Bridges of Hope is here to help. Call or text us at 09175098826.

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