Heroin addiction is catastrophic due to how quickly the drug takes over a person’s central nervous system. There is a range of signs to look out for with regards to heroin addiction, such as a runny nose, track marks, drastic weight loss, drowsiness, intense mood swings and paraphernalia such as tinfoil, bags of brown powder, needles and glass pipes.
This deadly drug causes addiction within a matter of days of regular use, hijacking part of the brain and tricking it into believing the body relies on the substance. Long-term use leads to the desolation of a person’s social and vocational life, arthritis, heart disease, weakening of the immune system, severely reduced sexual functioning and respiratory diseases and much more.
Meth quickly takes an extreme toll on the mind and body, making it one of the most dangerous drugs out there. If someone you care about is using meth, they might show signs of extreme weight loss, hyperactivity, twitching, insomnia, unexplained weight loss and burns on the lips and fingers. Paraphernalia to be on the lookout for includes glass pipes and drug bags with crystalline powder.
Chronic meth abuse leads to a host of awful side effects, such as heart disease, liver failure, rotten teeth, kidney failure, premature aging, high blood pressure, paranoia, delusions, depression and memory loss.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opiate painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, and sedatives, including diazepam and zopiclone. When someone is using these drugs, the effects are especially prominent if taken with alcohol. Signs to look out for are blister packs or pill bottles, mood swings, drowsiness at inappropriate times, asking for or stealing people’s prescriptions and withdrawing from social situations.
Long-term use of prescription pills can lead to liver damage, impaired memory, heart disease, respiratory problems and problems with work and relationships.
Cocaine and crack cocaine cause an influx of neurotransmitters that bring on feelings of confidence, euphoria and the desire to talk. Crack is a treated version of cocaine that is faster acting and more concentrated. Signs you might notice include agitation, excessive and uninhibited talking, strange jaw motions, glass pipes, brown rocks, white powder and frequent trips to the toilet.
When someone uses this type of stimulant frequently, they’re putting their heart under extreme pressure. Other long-term effects include liver, kidney and lung damage, severe tooth decay, malnutrition, respiratory failure, psychosis and reproductive damage.