Physical and Medical Signs of Drug Addiction

Potentially Identifying Substance Use Disorders in Someone


Sometimes, drug addiction can result in certain physical and medical signs in a person. If you are worried about someone close to you struggling, there are behaviors you can look for.

The following physical or medical signs may be indicative of drug addiction or abuse:

Medical signs of drug addiction:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Frequent nosebleeds 
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Seizures
  • Deterioration of physical appearance
  • Unexplained injuries 
  • Shakes or tremors
  • Incoherent or slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination


Behavioral/Psychological signs of drug addiction: 

  • Sudden change in personality, attitude, or interests
  • Mood swings, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing
  • Unusual hyperactivity or agitation
  • Sudden secretive behavior or withdrawal, increased demand for privacy
  • Lack of motivation and inability to focus
  • Issues in performance or behavior at school or work 
  • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns


Please note that these conditions/behaviors are note definitively caused by addiction and could also be caused by hormonal changes or could even be indicative of another mental illness. As well, even if you do not actively see signs of addiction in your loved one, it may be beneficial to begin to establish open communication about drug use.

If you have determined that your loved one is in need of addiction treatment or medical detox, Livengrin offers both options in a holistic and medically-monitored environment.




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