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Signs and Symptoms: Substance, Drug and Prescription Abuse
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Substance, Drug and Prescription Abuse


Drug (illegal or prescription) and substance abuse not only affects the user, but also family and friends. An assessment of your personal situation can help you determine if a substance has taken control of your or a loved one’s life. Please be honest about the following symptoms:

Physical Signs

  • Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, change in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain
  • Tremors, slurred speech, slowed or staggering walk, poor physical coordination
  • Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness
  • Bloodshot, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare
  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes
  • Runny nose or hacking cough
  • Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet
  • Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating
  • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing

Behavioral Signs

  • Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause such as difficulty in paying attention, forgetfulness, moodiness, irritability or nervousness, silliness or giddiness
  • Change in friends, new hangouts, sudden avoidance of old crowd, avoids talking about new friends, friends are known drug users
  • Change in activities or hobbies
  • Drop in grades at school or performance at work, skips or is late for school or work
  • Excessive need for privacy, unreachable
  • Extreme hyperactivity, excessively talkative
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior, paranoia
  • Car accidents
  • Chronic dishonesty
  • Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items
  • Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, our professional staff can help. We will evaluate your condition and can help you overcome this condition.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 630.933.4000. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.