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Signs and Symptoms of Addiction


Addiction is a disease of the 21st century. A person who once experienced the pleasure of a drug does not understand what he got involved in. Dependence on drugs destroys a person’s life, his family, destroying him from the inside and outside. In appearance and behavior, you can easily recognize the addict: his eyes give out, physique, lifestyle. If we look at the characteristic changes in a person’s lifestyle, then you can identify the disease and cure it.

It is difficult to see changes in a person in the first days and weeks of drug use. There are various types of drugs, so any changes at the beginning of their use by an addict will have different character:

  1. A sharp change in mood
  2. Down Sleep
  3. Lethargy or constant activity,
  4. The manner of speech and writing has undergone a change,
  5. Excessive appetite or lack thereof.

In view of the modern lifestyle, absolutely anyone can seem like an addict, because everyone can have drowsiness, impaired appetite due to other diseases, mood swings, and so on.

There are several factors that can distinguish a dependent person from a non-user:

  1. Behavior. It is he who gives out the person who uses drugs. A sharp emotional change in a person and his character may indicate his drug addiction. He turns into a paranoid, not trusting anyone and assuming that he is being watched.
  2. Outward features. Appearance can say a lot about a person, but she gives out a drug addict right away, just look into his eyes, pay attention to physique and skin. The scars and marks from injections on the elbow and knee bends, in most cases, say that you are a drug addict.
  3. Drug test. Now the drug test is sold in the public domain, at any pharmacy. This is the only relevant way to define an addict.

Beginner addict behavior - how to recognize?

A novice drug addict is more dangerous for himself than drugs for him. But why is this happening? The use of narcotic substances by people is a problem for society, and therefore it is condemned by them. The Novice, fearing this condemnation by public opinion, does not talk about his experience with drugs, thereby exacerbating the problem. But when this already becomes known, assisting a person becomes many times more difficult than at the initial stage: the higher the experience, the more dependent.

Signs that you should pay attention to recognize a novice addict:

  1. The person’s personal belongings were replenished with strange objects: powders, pills, scorched spoons and so on,
  2. Failure to comply becomes the norm. A person begins to skip school or work,
  3. A pathological change in the pupils is accompanied by its hiding. Drug addicts, regardless of the weather, prefer to walk in sunglasses,
  4. A sharp change in appearance - this should be especially wary if a person, being careful, began to walk dirty, “scored” on his appearance. Addicts prefer to walk in closed clothes, hiding traces of injections.
  5. Unwillingness to take a drug test speaks of becoming a drug addict. For the fear of condemnation from loved ones and society is higher at the initial stage of drug addiction than fear for one’s health.

Also, due to the lack of a heavy addict's physical and psychological dependence on the drug for the novice addict, it is possible to tolerate withdrawal symptoms “on his feet”. For loved ones, this person "has ARI" or got an upset stomach.

Characteristic signs of addict behavior

In most cases, a person will deny that he uses drugs. In this situation, direct questions will have no effect. Addiction as a disease has a number of signs, which are divided into 3 groups:

  1. External signs
  2. Physiological signs
  3. Behavioral symptoms.

External signs of human use of narcotic substances:

  1. Smoked spoons appeared in the apartment,
  2. Money, valuables, electronics from home disappear,
  3. Foil wrappers, films,
  4. Converted bottles, mostly 0.5, for smoking,
  5. Syringes.

Physiological signs of human use of narcotic substances:

  1. The constant need for privacy
  2. Depressed state
  3. The appearance of paranoid thoughts,
  4. Constant desire to drink, the so-called "dried fruit",
  5. Unrelated speech, it is necessarily slowed down or accelerated,
  6. Glass eyes, pupils are wide or narrow, do not respond to light,
  7. Falling into a delusional state,
  8. A pale complexion combined with red whites of the eyes.

Behavioral signs of human drug use:

  1. Lack of communication with family members, breaking relationships with friends,
  2. Stealth
  3. Rudeness and aggression towards loved ones,
  4. Constant requests for money
  5. Debts.

Lists of these symptoms can help determine a person’s drug dependence. Any single symptom cannot be evidence of human use of narcotic substances.

How to recognize a drug addict by appearance?

There is an opinion that if a person has an untidy appearance, then he is necessarily a drug addict. This opinion is only half true. Yes, sloppy, untidy people who wear old, dirty clothes are addicts, they don’t shave, but these signs can only be recognized in the late stages of addiction when it comes to hard drugs, for example, crocodile, heroin, cocaine.

Drug addicts are asocial in appearance - this is a wrong and dangerous opinion. It often happens that a dependent person takes care of himself and his appearance, dresses in clean, fashionable clothes. They are polite in conversation and make a good impression.

Revealing a drug addict is quite simple: his politeness instantly disappears if something did not suit him or did not like him. Subsequently, irritability and aggression come. The addict reacts inadequately to the words spoken, psychotic laughter may appear. During a long conversation with an addicted person, anxiety comes to him, and gesticulation is accompanied by sudden movements. Addicts are not stable in the way they talk.

Signs that will help identify a person who is under the influence of drugs:

  1. Speech is too slurred, slow or incomprehensibly expressive,
  2. Permanent pallor of the face, followed by a sharp reddening, and vice versa,
  3. Drug addicts are disoriented, they have impaired coordination of movements,
  4. Salivation is either increased or decreased,
  5. The motor functions of the addict are in a state of excessive activity or he is in a stupor, his movements are sluggish,
  6. Psychotic laughter, which is quickly replaced by anger and an aggressive state,
  7. A state of mild intoxication, but there is no smell of alcohol,
  8. Inadequate response to words or situations.

To identify a drug addict by external signs is possible, in most cases, only when a person is under the influence of drugs. After the cessation of their effects on the body, most dependent people turn into ordinary citizens, so identifying addiction without close attention becomes a problem.

Signs of using various narcotic substances

There are many narcotic substances, but the most famous drugs are divided into 5 groups:

  1. Opiates. After using opiates, a short-term state of euphoria sets in, then is replaced by drowsiness, the addict’s speech is slow and he lags behind the topic of conversation, the person becomes complaisant, he can be completely subjugated to himself, the pupils are narrowed after opiate use and do not respond to light, the addict seeks solitude, sexual attraction falls with appetite and thirst.
  2. Hallucinogens. Narcotic intoxication with hallucinogens increases pressure and heart rate, pupils are dilated, hands tremble, perception of the world changes - the addict sees and hears what is not in reality, they are overwhelmed with happiness, they are in an overexcited state, self-control and instinct of self-preservation disappear, coordination of movements is broken .
  3. Stimulants. The euphoria and sense of serenity accompanies those who use stimulants, their blood pressure is increased along with the heartbeat, the pupils are dilated, if you use opiates, your sexual desire decreases, then when you use stimulants it increases, sleep patterns are disturbed, and there is simply no hunger.
  4. Cannabis preparations. When using cannabis preparations, a person falls into a state of complete euphoria, experiencing intense thirst and hunger, with a large dose, psychotic laughter appears, and the perception of space disappears, the whites of the eyes turn red, the pupils dilate, coordination of movements is impaired, movements are excessively slow, unconscious appears fear.
  5. Sedatives and sleeping pills. During the use of sedatives and hypnotics, a person becomes confused, his speech becomes slurred, and he is depressed and irritable, the speech of such drug addicts is slurred.

The main signs of addiction

Primary manifestations become noticeable to the environment of a novice addict only with careful attention. After observing the behavior and appearance of your loved one, you can recognize the disease at a stage when there are no serious consequences, but there are chances for a full restoration of health.

Hoping for the voluntary recognition of an addict is definitely not worth it. According to statistics, only 0.2% of people who become addicted to drugs recognize its presence in the early stages.

All signals of the beginning craving for drugs can be divided into several categories:

  1. external manifestations, accompanied by changes in appearance,
  2. psycho-emotional changes: change of mood, inadequate emotional reactions, etc.,
  3. social changes regarding the behavior of an individual in society,
  4. material signs of drug addiction: syringes, capsules, tablets or other drugs not prescribed by a doctor, medical plaits, glue or other toxic substances, as well as other attributes of drug addiction.

Decreased appetite, sleep disturbance, mood swings sometimes indicate stress or depression. A careful attitude along with monitoring the situation will help to quickly identify the causes of changes in the appearance or behavior of a person. Consider the individual categories of alarms in more detail.

External signs

External manifestations with incipient dependence are as follows:

  • Violation of coordination of movements, which is manifested, as a rule, in slow motion and reactions when performing standard motor functions. A person can “collect” corners, stumble out of the blue, accidentally touch nearby objects, etc. From the side it may seem that he is intoxicated, while there is no characteristic smell of alcohol from the mouth.
  • Changes in the eyes: narrowed or, conversely, dilated pupils, reddened or cloudy whites of the eyes. Expansion, narrowing of the pupils is usually accompanied by a lack of reaction to intense light.
  • The appearance of pigmentation, an unhealthy complexion. With the regular exposure of toxic components to the body, the drug-dependent metabolism is disturbed, and this immediately affects the appearance. The face acquires a yellowish, gray or earthy hue. Sometimes pigmented spots are formed. The so-called “butterfly” may appear on the face. This is a pigmented spot located around the nose and on adjacent areas of the cheeks. Such a “butterfly,” as a rule, is evidence of continued abuse of marijuana. True, this symptom of drug addiction may also not indicate a drug addict, but indicate a dangerous disease - lupus erythematosus.
  • Deterioration of hair, nails. Metabolic dysfunctions adversely affect the structure of hair and nails. They become lifeless, brittle, dry.
  • Untidy appearance. In the psyche, destructive processes occur, a gradual degradation of the personality begins. A person is rapidly losing interest in everything except psychoactive drugs. He ceases to bother, in particular, his own appearance. Hence the sloppiness, dirty clothes and other manifestations of internal indifference to their own appearance.
  • Changes in the wardrobe. Changes in dressing indirectly may indicate a painful habit. People who use drugs often try to hide injections, so they try to wear things that hide their arms and legs. If your loved one wears trousers and sweatshirts with long sleeves along with other signs of addiction in hot weather, you should be wary.

Psycho-emotional signs of addiction

In the emotional and mental sphere, there are also symptoms of regular drug use:

  • Sharp mood swings. The negative effect of drugs on the nervous system reduces the stability of the psycho-emotional state. The patient may experience unreasonable anxiety, sudden changes in mood, increased irritability. It is worth noting that emotional malfunctions, especially in adolescents, do not always speak of drug addiction. However, in conjunction with other symptoms of the disease, inadequate mental and emotional reactions are an alarming indicator.
  • Strengthening or weakening of appetite. The digestive system suffers from substances that change the mind, like other organs and systems of the body. This often leads to an acceleration or deceleration of metabolism. If narcotic components accelerate metabolism, a person experiences a constant feeling of hunger. With a weakening of metabolic processes, on the contrary, often refuses food due to a constant lack of appetite. Drug addicts drink a lot of fluids. Especially intense thirst appears at night.
  • Deterioration of intellectual capabilities. Psychotropic drugs disrupt the normal functioning of the brain and lead to intellectual degradation. This destructive effect is manifested in problems with memory, logical thinking, concentration of attention. Judgments become more primitive.

Social manifestations

  • Change of environment, interests. Anxiety is caused by a sharp rejection of a hobby, a refusal to meet old friends, the emergence of a new environment. Especially parents should think about if a teenager suddenly has adult mates. Dealers often try to make friends with adolescents in order to provoke an irresistible craving for drugs in the latter.
  • The appearance in speech of slang expressions, incomprehensible words. Parents of adolescents recently addicted to hazardous substances can hear strange words and slang in their child’s speech. This does not always indicate drug dependence, but it is better to find out the meaning of unfamiliar phrases. If they concern the topic of drug addiction, it is required to take control of the situation.
  • Constant lack of funds. A new dangerous habit is almost always associated with increased financial spending. Especially the lack of money is noticeable in adolescents who do not have their own income. They come up with a variety of, sometimes even unbelievable reasons to get money for personal use. They regularly ask their relatives for money, and when they don’t receive it, they can take valuables out of the house, steal money from their wallet, etc. Adult drug addicts who are faced with a shortage of money can start selling their things, household appliances, gadgets, cars, and even the property.

Symptoms of teenage addiction

Signs of drug addiction in adolescents are almost identical to the general evidence of the disease, characteristic of all ages. However, in the case of adolescents, some specific signals can be noted that are associated with their lifestyle, fragile psyche, and insufficiently mature organism.

So, in young children who are addicted to illegal drugs, they often have problems with learning. They skip classes, more often receive comments from teachers. Their performance is sharply reduced.

Drug addicts start asking for money from their parents, inventing various pretexts. It is especially necessary to be wary when the child comes up with incredible justifications for his requests, begins to ask for much more money than before. Moreover, he does not appear (almost does not appear) any new things. When parents refuse to give out finances, a teenager sometimes begins to steal from home and from acquaintances.

The immature psyche does not allow for a long time to hide the external signs of addiction, so changes in behavior are noticeable much earlier and stronger than in adults. Aggressiveness, isolation, outright lies to adults - all this indicates problems. This may be a problem of transitional age, however, if there are several of the above signs of drug addiction, it is desirable to strengthen control over the pastime and condition of the child.

При воздействии токсических элементов в неокрепшем организме понижаются иммунные реакции. В результате этого дети начинают болеть чаще, чем раньше.

Признаки наркозависимого на амфетамине

To recognize a drug addict who uses a hair dryer or other psychostimulants (amphetamine, ecstasy) that have a strong effect on the brain and the body as a whole, pay attention to psychoemotional signals. Immediately after amphetamine use, the addict is full of energy. He does not get tired at all, may not sleep for a long time. Later consequences are expressed in psychoses, depressive states, paranoia, hallucinations.

The physical effects of amphetamine use are also visible to the naked eye. Dilated pupils, excited, running eyes, excessive gleam in the eyes - all this speaks of an unhealthy habit. With prolonged abuse of powder drugs, persistent insomnia occurs, accompanied by the appearance of blue bags under the eyes.

By the same signs, you can recognize a drug addict who uses pills.

Signs of a Salt Addict

The effect of salt is accompanied by a feeling of superpower, power. Recognizing a drug addict who uses salt drug powder is possible by inappropriate actions, excessive self-confidence, excessive surge of strength, thirst for movement.

After the expiration of the dose, the salt addict often experiences hallucinations, severe thirst, and sleep disturbance for 3-4 days.

Symptoms of drug addicts sitting on a "crocodile"

Desomorphine, popularly known as “crocodile”, is the most dangerous drug in the opiate group. This is a cheaper analogue of heroin, which is made in artisanal conditions. In addition to the psychoactive components themselves, desomorphine also contains a huge number of toxic impurities.

Crocodile, opium, heroin, morphine and other opiates are injected into the bloodstream, so addiction is noticeable in the wake of injections on the body. Opiates cause relaxation, drowsiness, and a decrease in pain sensitivity. A dependent can also be recognized by a strongly narrowed pupil, pale skin, and forgetfulness. His speech becomes slow, lethargic.

What to do if you notice signs of addiction?

Many people get lost when they learn that their loved one has become addicted. They make attempts to reason the patient, look for healing recipes on the Internet, consult with their friends and do not immediately turn to doctors. Meanwhile, the disease is progressing and rapidly destroying the life of the addict, and simple persuasion to quit drugs here will not help.

If you find signs of drug addiction in your loved one, do not self-medicate and do not waste time. No requests, threats or demands help to overcome this most serious disease. Contact professionals with experience curing addiction.

The rehabilitation center of Dr. Aleksandrov provides drug treatment to people of all ages who are addicted to various types of drugs. If you notice signs of illness in a loved one, consult our specialists.

Common signs of drug use

At first glance, it seems that recognizing a drug addict is simple. Many have probably heard about the aggressive behavior of drug addicts, dilated pupils and punctured veins. Now the variety of narcotic substances is huge, and the methods of introducing illegal drugs into the body are also different, so it becomes much more difficult to determine the addict (especially given the desire of adolescents to keep everything secret for as long as possible).

How to recognize the addict: make sure that your relative is really abusing drugs and not scare or push him away? There are several common symptoms:

1. Change in appearance and habits.

After taking the drug, the eyes of the drug addict become impassive, “dead”, the pupils either expand greatly or narrow. This is a fairly common and familiar symptom, so an addict can hide his eyes behind dark glasses.

The abuse of drugs gradually leads to the fact that a person ceases to take care of himself: he is less likely to wash himself, does not change his clothes for weeks and does not put his hair in order. A change in clothing preferences should be cautious: if in a heat or at home a person puts on long-sleeved shirts, then perhaps he wants to hide the marks from injections.

2. Deviation in behavior and character.

People who use drugs are subject to frequent mood swings: they can laugh or cry where it is inappropriate, or they can quickly turn from a carefree person into a depressed, irritable and even aggressive one. The spectrum of feelings of a drug addict can also change: if previously a person was stingy with emotions, but now he has inflamed with love and is ready to constantly hug and kiss - this is also an occasion to think. The influence of drugs is reflected in the inner world of a person: those who were previously thoughtful and calm, become relaxed and talkative, and active and sociable people turn into closed and depressed.

3. The circle of communication.

According to statistics, a person becomes a drug addict under the evil influence of other people. Therefore, the environment of the addict is changing: old friends are forgotten, and new ones appear, whose appearance and behavior can alert relatives. Gradually, drugs displace all other human activities: adolescents begin to skip school, and adults stop going to work. There are problems with memory, reduced ability to work.

4. Disorder in the family.

People who use drugs lose interest in family life: children no longer care about their parents, and adult drug addicts are indifferent to their partners. Addicts spend a lot of time outside the house, sometimes they don’t even come at night. There may be mood swings: a person left the house in an irritated state, and returned in a cheerful mood. And if suddenly valuable things or money begin to disappear from the house, this means that the addict does not have enough funds to buy substances.

5. Detection of strange objects.

The smoked spoons found in the apartment, bags with traces of glue, syringes and ampoules, obscure substances and solvent containers indicate the use of prohibited substances by any member of the family. As a result, unpleasant odors of acetone or vinegar can live in the apartment, and the addict's clothes give off a sweetish aroma.

4. The appearance of health problems.

Drug addicts change their sleep and wakefulness patterns: during the day they sleep a lot, and at night they cannot fall asleep. Immediately after taking the drug, a person begins to feel thirsty, he is drawn to sugary foods. As a result of drug abuse, a person develops diseases of the digestive tract, cough and runny nose can go into the chronic stage. The addict's skin turns pale and dries, the condition of nails and hair worsens, and perspiration intensifies.

These signs allow you to indirectly answer the question - how to recognize the addict, since they can also be symptoms of other disorders. If you find any of these signs, you should contact the Freedom Support and Rehabilitation Facility, where qualified clinic staff will make a reliable diagnosis and help treat drug addiction.

How to find out what tropicamide uses

Of particular popularity is the ophthalmic remedy Tropicamide - eye drops, which, when administered intravenously, increase the rate of onset of euphoria after taking other drugs. Externally, the use of tropicamide is manifested in increased swelling of the face, limbs and the appearance of abscesses.

The Foundation for Assistance and Rehabilitation of Dependents “Freedom” uses effective integrated treatment methods for drug addiction based on the type of narcotic substance.

How to recognize a drug addicted person: what to look for first?

There are several ways to distinguish an addict from a non-abuser.

How to recognize drug addicts by external signs? Pay attention to the eyes (first of all, the size of the pupils), complexion, skin condition, physique, and also the places where drug addicts usually prick (elbow bends of the hands, popliteal folds). How to find out exactly which substances a person takes based on his appearance is described in the following sections of the article.

Sometimes even a former drug addict can give out external signs. A wrinkled face that does not correspond to the passport age, scars on the hands, acquired cardiovascular diseases at a young age - all this can be the consequences of drug addiction. However, these symptoms can occur for completely different reasons. Therefore, one hundred percent way to find out whether a person has taken drugs in the past or not, does not exist.

It immediately gives out a person who uses illegal substances. The behavior can even calculate a novice addict. If your son or other relative has not become the same as before: more aggressive or, conversely, too calm, think about how such a sudden change in character could be provoked. Although it’s hard for you to even imagine that your child is a drug addict, take a test for illegal substances to see if he is taking anything.

What drug addicts look like: distinctive features of the eyes, face, body

What kind of substances a person consumes can be roughly determined by the eyes and characteristic changes in the face.

Drug group
What are the pupils of drug addicts
Other appearance features
Marijuana (weed, plan)
The addict's eyes are red, his eyelids are closed, his face is reddish, his look is either lethargic or excited
Stimulants: amphetamine (hair dryer), pervitin (“screw” - an injecting drug), salt (psychostimulants in the form of powders), ecstasy (psychoactive tablets), cocaine
With their admission, as well as during withdrawal, the pupils dilate
Excited and “running” look, joyful, surprised or aggressive gleam in the eyes. With prolonged use of insomnia, blue bags appear under the eyes. When using powder drugs - a red, sore nose, spotting from the nostrils is possible
Heroin, desomorphine (“crocodile”) and other opiates
Narrowed pupils of opiate addicts narrowed
Sluggish look. Poor skin condition (pallor, earthy tint, dryness, peeling). Swelling. Lowered corners of the lips. Untidy appearance. Bruises on the veins

Addictive Behavior

Usually a person who uses illegal substances can be recognized by their behavior.

How addicts behave:

  • During the period of action of a substance, a person can be overactive, too talkative, or, conversely, lethargic and drowsy. A drug addict can look like a drunk person, but there is no characteristic smell of alcohol from the mouth.
  • During withdrawal, the addict’s behavior changes dramatically. He becomes irritable and "twitching." Then all other symptoms appear: anxiety and anxiety, dilated pupils, insomnia, chills, sweating, muscle pain, sneezing, runny nose and lacrimation, vomiting, diarrhea.

The hallmarks of heroin addicts

The most characteristic symptom of heroin or other opiate use is bruising from injections on the body. They can be located in such places:

  • elbow bends
  • knee bends
  • region of inguinal veins.

The most inventive drug addicts begin to inject into the hyoid veins so that no traces are visible on the body.

The skin becomes dry, pale, flaky and flabby. Wrinkles appear early.

Human behavior also allows us to suspect something is amiss:

  1. People who use heroin often experience itchy skin. This makes a person constantly itchy.
  2. A person can wear long-sleeved clothing even in 30-degree heat - to hide bruises on his veins.
  3. Sometimes drug addicts always wear sunglasses without taking them off indoors. Thus, they try to hide the narrowed pupils.
  4. At a time when a person has the opportunity to regularly receive a dose of the drug, he is constantly lethargic, sleepy, speaks little and slurred, coordination is impaired. A heroin addict looks like a drunk person, but there is no characteristic smell of alcohol from the mouth.

The following things can give a reason to suspect a person of injecting drug addiction:

  • lighter, if a person does not smoke - is used to heat the drug before administration,
  • syringes
  • anti-allergic drugs (most often - diphenhydramine) - many drug addicts use them to reduce itching - one of the side effects of heroin.

Typical signs of a drug addict

External distinctive features:

  1. Since marijuana dilates blood vessels, the eyes of a weedy literally “fill up” with blood and turn red. The eyelids fall and close - as if a man was sleepy. The pupils are dilated.
  2. The face acquires a blush, as marijuana dilates the vessels located in the skin. In case of an overdose, on the contrary, blanching of the skin is possible.
  3. The gaze may be lethargic or, conversely, excited.

  1. Laughter for no reason and inadequate reaction to events.
  2. Increased appetite. Under the influence of a drug, a person's taste sensations change, everything seems tastier than usual, so you want to eat a lot. Especially marijuana smokers love sweets.
  3. Thirst. When the effect of the drug has already come to naught, the person begins to "dry".
  4. Unstable mood. When a drug addict is under the influence of weed, his emotional state is volatile: mockery and excitement can suddenly be replaced by lethargy and calm, and then suddenly flow into anxiety and panic. In periods when a person does not use drugs, he becomes quick-tempered and irritable.
  5. Impaired memory. Under the influence of marijuana, a person becomes absent-minded: he can lose his things or forget what he just wanted to do. This usually completely disappears when the drug stops acting. However, long-term regular use of marijuana can provoke chronic forgetfulness. Particularly quickly, memory impairments appear in adolescents, since their nervous system is not yet sufficiently developed.

You can also identify a drug addict using weed by the things he has found:

  • foil, empty plastic bottles, smoking pipes - are used for consumption,
  • matchboxes - addicts store weed in them,
  • eye drops - used to hide redness of the eyes.

Common symptoms of drug addicts using psychostimulants

The substances of this group include:

  • powders (amphetamine, methamphetamine, salts),
  • pills (ecstasy),
  • injections (pervitin, on the slang - “screw”).

You can recognize a drug addict taking pills, powders or injections with a stimulating effect by the following behavioral features:

  • Emotional swings. During the action of drugs, a person is overactive, talkative, cannot sit still, shows aggression, and when the effect of the substance ends, he is sluggish, lifeless, irritable and lethargic.
  • Insomnia.
  • The use of sleeping pills or sedatives. Drug addicts who regularly take psychostimulants for a long time, just can not fall asleep in a natural way.

Symptoms of an amphetamine addict (hair dryer)

The first distinguishing feature by which a drug addict can be recognized is a red and sore nose.

The skin on it can be combed and damaged, since an addict who sniffs is often bothered by itching in the nose. With prolonged drug use, the mucous membrane is damaged, which can lead to frequent bleeding from the nostrils.

It is possible to recognize the addict who uses the hair dryer by the eyes. After a person has taken amphetamine, the pupils dilate greatly. However, many drug addicts know how to reduce the pupils after the hair dryer, and bury special drops for this, so you should not rely heavily on this symptom.

Signs of a salt addict

Recognizing a salt addict can be the same as amphetamine.

The only difference is that the effect of amphetamine lasts longer than the effect of salts. Therefore, an amphetamine addict is in a state of activity and excessive vigor longer, and salt - more irritable and lethargic.

How to recognize the user of the "crocodile"?

Since drug addicts cook it themselves in artisanal conditions, it contains a large amount of impurities in the form of aggressive chemicals. After a few injections, terrible festering ulcers begin to form at the injection site. Soon they lead to gangrene and, in order to save a person's life, it will be necessary to amputate the limb.

If, while reading this text, you recognize someone from your relatives or friends, you have a difficult task - to urgently convince the addict to be treated, otherwise it may be too late.

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Member of the Tyumen Anti-Drug Commission, representative on the UVD Coordination Council at the All-Russian Organization for Assistance to People Living with HIV, Member of the Association E.V.A. Assistance to Women with Socially Significant Diseases.
Previously a member of the Public Monitoring Commission on Places of Deprivation of Liberty and a member of the Public Council at the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.