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Symptoms & Warning Signs of Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Helping Individuals & Families Seek Addiction Treatment in Orange County, CA

It may be difficult to detect signs of drug or alcohol addiction in ourselves or in our loved ones, especially if it is the first time you have ever dealt with such a problem. Because lives are potentially at stake, it’s important to know where to look for signs, and then to avoid any tendency to deny what you are observing, whether the signs are in yourself or in your loved ones.

Addictions come in many forms and addicts are often quite good at hiding them, but some are obvious enough to indicate a serious problem, and these may require immediate action.

If you feel as though you or a loved one may have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, call our Orange County detox and rehabilitation center at (714) 408-9609 or contact us online.

Immediate Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  • Abuse of alcohol is often indicated by problems at work or school related to frequent sick days or weakened performance from drinking, systematic alienation from friends and family, blackouts while drinking, taking steps to hide drinking, and inability to control how much one drinks.
  • Illicit drug abuse be identified through drastic changes in one’s energy levels and sleep patterns. Abusers of cocaine and ecstasy may be up at all hours of night and demonstrate extreme alertness during the day. In contrast, users of heroin or ketamine may sleep in the middle of the day or lack the energy they used to possess regularly.
  • Abuse of painkillers or prescription drugs can be observed by new and frequent complaints relayed to headaches, back, or joint pains. In addition, abusers of painkillers may display visible sweating, scratching, and inability to sit still.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar in yourself or in a loved one, it may be time to enact a positive change. It’s important to remember that aggressive confrontation of an individual with an alcohol or drug problem may exacerbate the condition. Intervention is best accomplished when coming from a place of caring and reassurance.

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