Physical Signs of Benzodiazepine Use
The most common physical signs and symptoms of a benzodiazepine use disorder include:
- Extreme drowsiness and tiredness throughout the day.
- Slurred speech/a lack of control over basic motor functions.
- Loss of appetite.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- A lack of coordination, which can be due to dizziness or vertigo.
- Body tremors/uncontrollable shaking.
Physical Signs of Stimulant Use
The most common physical signs and symptoms of a stimulant use disorder include:
- Restlessness/an inablity to sit still.
- Decreased appetite, which often leads to noticeable weight loss.
- Rapid heart rate and elevated blood pressure.
- Increased excitability and nervousness.
- Increased talkativeness.
- Skin problems, like scabs, sores or abscesses.
- Dental problems (commonly associated with methamphetamine use).
Emotional & Behavioral Signs of Addiction
A person who has been struggling with substance use will also exhibit emotional and behavioral signs. These signs also vary on a person-to-person basis, though there are often some similarities across the board. If you believe your friend might be struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, keep an eye out for:
- Obvious changes to mood and demeanor.
- A loss of interest in activities which were previously enjoyed.
- Isolation from friends and family/more time spent alone.
- Defensiveness when substance use is brought up in conversation.
- Increased or newly developing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.
- Changes to sleeping and eating patterns.
- Experiencing problems at work or at school.
- Missing out on personal obligations or important engagements.
- Experiencing issues in interpersonal relationships.
- Decreased motivation.
- Legal and financial problems directly related to substance use.