Drug use symptoms
It cannot be overemphasized that of all the possible methods for determining whether someone is using drugs (e.g., urine screens, hair testing, ion-spectrometer analysis for trace particles), none is more important than knowing the subject. This is true for parents of children and the relatives of post-addicts in recovery. Knowing the unique and subtle habits of the individual is of great importance in accurately evaluating their behavior to determine whether it indicates involvement with drugs.
Knowing the person helps to give the proper weight and perspective to behavior that might otherwise be incriminating or appear to be normal. The truth is that although there are some objective signs and symptoms, even the most accurate evaluation of them is determined by the extent of personal knowledge of the individual. For example, a positive urine screen may reflect that the individual in question is drug-dependent, a weekend user, or a first-time experimenter. The person may have started using drugs to lose weight, to be accepted by friends, to control pain from cancer, or to soothe a burn injury. Post-addicts in particular are usually grand masters of denial and rationalizing their behavior, to the point that if you are not or do not become familiar with them and their history quickly, a lifetime of their using drugs will take place right in front of you. And you will not realize it.
Unlike signs, symptoms of drug abuse in most instances are more obvious and will usually demand immediate attention. For example:
Unfortunately, drug abuse has become an intrinsic part of our culture. Partly as a result of drug abuse by previous generations, there has been a general breakdown of parental responsibility and the instilling of social values and standards of conduct which have in the past distinguished drug abusers from non-drug abusers. There, many of the behaviors that at one time were primarily attributed to drug abuse are being exhibited although the person is not using any drugs. Most noteworthy are incidents of unprovoked violence, child abuse. children cursing and physically attacking their parents, young boys becoming fathers, and girls becoming mothers before they are in their teens. Consequently, not only must you know the individual, but you must also understand the events of the times in order to accurately read the obvious signs pertaining to substance abuse.
In their book, How to Keep the Children You Love Off Drugs, Barine and Basch outline some of the obvious items and indicators of drug abuse:
To the lay person, it may seem that there are an infinite number of signs and symptoms to interpret. It may be difficult to know where to start. This chart organizes the most significant signs and symptoms to help guide your interpretation of potentially drug-related behavior.
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