A drug addict generally exhibits physical and psychological changes which include bloodshot eyes, an unkempt appearance, mood swings and bursts of anger that are difficult to understand. However, it is also possible to identify the specific drugs—legal or illegal—which produce a particular set of symptoms.
Glassy and red eyes are typical symptoms of marijuana users. They become loud talkers and laugh at inappropriate times and then get sleepy afterwards. They exhibit weight gain or loss and are not motivated or interested in anything.
Heroin users, meanwhile, are quite different. Their pupils are contracted and don’t respond to light. They sweat, cough, sniffle and vomit. Twitching and lack of appetite are also common. They have very unusual sleeping schedules and show needle marks on their skin.
Users of Xanax, Valium and other depressants also manifest contracted pupils. They act like they are drunk and have poor concentration and judgment. They are clumsy and sleepy and have slurred speech. Meanwhile, abusers of amphetamines, cocaine, crystal meth and other stimulants have pupils that are dilated. They are hyperactive and euphoric. Like marijuana users, they talk too much and then get depressed. They also sleep at weird times like heroin users. They can survive for long periods of time without the need to sleep or eat. They lose weight and upon closer inspection, abusers of stimulants have dry mouth and nose.
Those who use glues, vapors, aerosols and other inhalants are easy to spot because their eyes are often watery. Their nose and mouth often have rashes and their nose has secretions. If you check their garbage bins, it is full of aerosols or cans. Their vision, memory and thought are also impaired and they often appear intoxicated. They are sleepy a lot of times and complain of headaches and nausea. They are irritable and have poor control of their muscles as well.
Users of LSD, PCP and other hallucinogens manifest paranoia, hallucinations and other forms of bizarre and irrational behavior. They exhibit aggression and mood swings. They have a world of their own and are detached from people. They are absorbed with themselves or with other objects. They also showcase confusion and their speech is slurred.
When your loved one shows any of these symptoms, it’s important that you talk to him immediately. Bring him to a rehab program so that the right interventions can promptly be given.