Drug addiction is running rampant throughout the United States. With nearly 20 million people using drugs on a regular basis in 2017 alone. The likelihood that a loved one is addicted to some form of drugs is high. It’s best to take the time to learn the signs of drug addiction so that you can get your loved one the help they need when they need it. The following guide highlights the most obvious signs that a loved one is addicted to drugs.

Sudden Changes in Weight

When certain drugs are taken, they hinder your body from being able to sense hunger naturally. This can cause someone to eat less often than they should and can cause them to lose weight dramatically in a very short period of time. There are other drugs that can increase the hunger drive and cause people to gain weight. Marijuana for example, can cause people to have hunger cravings that they normally would not have.

Sudden Difficulty Managing Finances

When a loved one is addicted to drugs, the only thing they focus on is their next high. They will be willing to spend every dime they have on drugs. If you notice that someone who was once very responsible with money starts to struggle financially, they could have an addiction that they are keeping secret from everyone.

Many people who use drugs regularly start to sell things that they wouldn’t normally sell or have to borrow money unexpectedly. If you notice that valuable items start disappearing from your home when the person comes to visit, they may be stealing your belonging to sell them to buy more drugs.

Dramatic Changes in Sleep Schedule

When you take stimulants, they cause you to stay awake for long periods of time. When the drugs wear off, you’ll feel extremely exhausted and may sleep for hours on end. If you notice that the person you love suddenly has an erratic sleep schedule, drug abuse could be to blame.

If you live with the person, try to track their sleeping schedule as much as you can. If you notice that they aren’t sleeping for days on end, or are only sleeping during odd hours of the day, it could be a sign that a loved one is addicted to drugs.

Irritability or Moodiness that isn’t Typical

Drug abuse can cause someone’s typically calm demeanor to change dramatically. Many people who use drugs on a regular basis become moody and irritable. When they are between fixes their body will be craving more and it can cause them to be on edge and react to situations differently than they normally would if they weren’t addicted to drugs. It’s best to monitor the changes in their mood and take note of it so that you can refer to them later on down the road if needed.

Obviously Bloodshot Eyes

When someone uses drugs, they can automatically cause someone to have bloodshot eyes. This is when the whites of the eyes appear to be veiny and red. This can also be caused by allergies or lack of sleep, so be sure that you see the bloodshot eyes regularly before assuming that it is caused by a drug addiction.

Drug Abuse Can Make it Difficult to Focus

If you notice that someone starts to lose the ability to hold a conversation or starts to do poorly at work, they may be addicted to drugs. Drug abuse makes it difficult to focus on anything for an extended period of time. They may become forgetful, as well. If you notice that someone starts to zone out during a conversation, there is a chance that they may be high or coming down from a high.

Changes in Body Odor

Certain drugs, such as meth cause the body to produce odors that they do not produce naturally. If you start to notice that the person smells like rotten eggs, they may be addicted to meth. This is because the body will start to excrete the drug through the skin and create a sulfuric smell.

When someone uses drugs they often don’t care about their appearance, as well. This means that they may shower less frequently and thus start to have body odor because they are not well kept. If someone suddenly becomes slovenly, they may be addicted to drugs.

Changes in Skin Texture

Drugs cause many changes in the body. Many drugs cause people to break out and have zits because the natural balance within the body is thrown off. Some drugs, such as meth and heroin also cause people to feel as though their skin is crawling. When this happens, they pick at their face and can start to have scabs appear on their face. If you notice that someone is picking at their face a lot or that they suddenly have a lot of zits when they normally have none, they could be using drugs.

Changes in Social Life

Drugs can make people much more outgoing than they normally are because it diminishes the self-conscious feeling that some people feel. Also, drug abusers tend to hang out with other drug users. This is because they can enjoy the same activities without the fear of being judged. If you notice that someone you love is starting to hang out with a new crowd, pay attention to their new friends. Talk to them and see if you can notice any of the signs mentioned above to determine if their friends are using drugs. If they hang out with people who use drugs, there is a good chance that they are too.

If you feel that there is a chance that someone you love is using drugs, consider holding an intervention for them. In the intervention you want to be direct and to the point. Have a plan of action to help them get clean from drugs and get the help that they need. Be supportive and be sure that the person knows you are looking out for their best interest and will stand by them every step of the way.