Signs of Drug and Alcohol Abuse or Addiction

  • Need a drink to relieve stress
  • Quickly drinks or gulps down several drinks to "loosen up"
  • Availability and consumption of alcohol becomes the focus of social or professional activities
  • Individual becomes erratic, temperamental, irritable, difficult to get along with
  • Misses deadlines
  • Chronic lateness
  • Quality of work deteriorates
  • Quality of presentations deteriorates
  • Poor business judgment
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Misses work on Mondays and Fridays
  • Frequent medical leaves of several days duration
  • Missing during the middle of the workday
  • Odor of alcohol when around individual, especially on breath
  • Shakiness, trembling hands in the morning
  • Frequent trips to hospitals, medical providers
  • Increase or decrease in weight
  • Changes in skin appearance, including flushed skin on nose and cheeks
  • Repeated injuries, bruises, cuts & scrapes, limpin
  • Repeated complaints of fatigue, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, headache
  • General "run down" appearance
  • Legal difficulties

Warning Signs of Substance Abuse and Drug Addiction

  • Appears intoxicated or hung over
  • Deterioration of physical appearance and grooming
  • Shakiness, tremulousness
  • Unpredictability, strange behavior, inappropriate behavior
  • Withdrawal from responsibility
  • General changes in overall attitude
  • Overwhelmed easily, inability to control emotions, extreme emotions, overreacting
  • Aggressivity or social withdrawl
  • Forgetfulness, reduced concentration, shorter attention span, "blanked spots" for memory
  • Loses sense of humor, misinterprets situations, loses sense of perspective
  • Becomes suspicious and distrustful
  • Loses touch with reality at times
  • Loss of mental sharpness, creativity, business acumen
  • Indecisiveness confusion
  • Changes in weight
  • Frequent medical visits
  • Frequent absence and inability to account for whereabouts during work day, misses deadlines, appointments
  • Legal, family, social, medical problems


Stimulants include hallucinogens, "club drugs." amphetamines, methamphetamine, crystal meth, desoxyephedrine, pseudoephedrine, cocaine, crack, freebase, ecstacy, MDMA, ketamine, LSD, acid, magic mushrooms, psilocybian, nicotine, cigarettes, etc:

  • Dry mouth and nose, bad breath, frequent lip licking, teeth grinding, body tremors
  • Excessive activity, difficulty sitting still, lack of interest in food or sleep
  • Irritable, argumentative, nervous, extreme moodiness
  • Talkative, excited speech and incessant talking but conversation often lacks continuity; changes subjects rapidly, "Grabs spotlight" during presentations, meetings
  • Runny nose, cold or chronic sinus infections, nose bleeds
  • Use or possession of paraphernalia including small spoons, razor blades, mirror, little bottles of white powder and plastic, glass or metal straws
  • Euphoria, expansive mood
  • Chronic financial difficulties in spite of more than adequate compensation
  • Progressivelyviolent or aggressive behavior, temper tantrums
  • Increased physical or sexual activity
  • False sense of confidence and power
  • Purposeless, repetitious behavior
  • Compulsive cleaning, grooming, sorting, disassembling


Depressants, barbituates and muscle relaxants, ativan, lorazepam, codeine etc:

  • Behaves as if drunk with no alcohol odor on breath (slurred speech, stumbling walk, drooping eyes, etc.)
  • Lack of facial expression or animation
  • Flat affect
  • Flaccid appearance
  • Slurred speech


Opiates, opioids and prescription painkillers (i.e. "scrips"), morphine, heroin, vicodan, lotab, hydrocodone, suboxone, buprenorphine, oxycontin, oxycodone, naloxone, darvocet, codeine, norco, hydrocodone, coricidin:

  • Euphoria, tranquility, apathy, and impaired judgment. (Although the initial effects are generally calming or dulling, psychomotor agitation and aggressiveness can occur)
  • Excessively active, frantic or lethargic, drowsy, nods off during meetings
  • Slow breathing
  • Pale and sweaty or extremely thirsty
  • Small pupils
  • Nausea
  • Frequent itching and scratching
  • Red and raw nostrils; symtom of sniffing
  • Wears long sleeves even when not appropriate to hide injecting

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