How can you spot a family member using drugs based on behavioural changes?
In today’s ever changing society, you can never be too careful, especially when you have a duty to protect and nurture a large family as a father or mother, or guardian. It’s a world of uncertainty! A colleague asked me this question that I’d like to share with us here:
How can I tell that one of my family members is using drugs? I mean, they may not come straight up to me and tell me they are addicted, and in most cases by the time you catch this habit, its too late. How can this be done based on visible changes in a person’s daily life?
Hello Pauline, thanks for the question. Knowing whether someone is using drugs or not depends on a number of factors including the level of severity at which someone is addicted, how good and to what length someone is willing to go to mask the effects of addiction and how far you are willing to go to uncover the effects in the person. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include:
- Changes in sleeping habits, including sleeping more or sleeping less
- Eyes that are red or watery, or pupils that are too large or too small
- Poor coordination, stumbling when walking
- Slurred speech, or saying things that are hard to understand or don’t make sense
- Tremors or shaking in any part of the body
- A persistent cough
- A runny nose
- Poor physical hygiene
- Changes in eating habits, with either weight loss or weight gain
- Paleness, flushing, or puffiness in the face
- Any unusual smells on clothing, on the body, or on the breath
If however you have any suspicions that a member of your family may be involved in drug abuse issues, the best and most recommended way to know for sure is doing a drug test. Some times you can not be sure if your child is strong enough to withstand the ever increasing drug usage temptations so doing a family drug test periodically may be of greater importance in either imparting fear of drug use in a child thus preventing them from using them should they be tempted or catch a drug abuse habit at its earliest possible stage for professional help.