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Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

General
    • 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, unable to manage emotions, emotional outbursts, overreacts
    • Aggressiveness or becomes withdrawn
    • Forgetfulness, poor concentration, short attention span, “blank spots” in memory
    • Loses sense of humor, misinterprets situations, loses sense of perspective
    • Becomes suspicious and distrustful
    • Loses touch with reality at times
    • Loss of intellectual sharpness, creativity, business acumen
    • Becomes indecisive, confused
    • Change in weight
    • Frequent medical visits
    • Frequent absence and inability to account for whereabouts during work day, missed deadlines/appointments
    • Legal, family, social, medical problems

 

Alcohol
    • Needs 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, limping
    • Repeated complaints of fatigue, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, headache
    • General “run down” appearance
    • Legal difficulties

 

Stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine and others)
    • 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
    • Progressively aggressive or violent behavior, unusual temper tantrums
    • Increased physical or sexual activity
    • False sense of confidence and power
    • Purposeless, repetitious behavior
    • Compulsive cleaning, grooming, sorting, disassembling

 

Depressants (barbiturates, tranquilizers)
    • Symptoms of alcohol intoxication with no alcohol odor on breath (slurred speech, stumbling gait, droopy eyes, etc)
    • Lack of facial expression or animation
    • Flat affect
    • Flaccid appearance
    • Slurred speech

 

Opiates (painkillers, heroin, morphine)
    • 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
    • Very pale and sweaty or extremely thirsty
    • Small, “pin prick” pupils
    • Nausea
    • Frequent itching and scratching
    • Red and raw nostrils (sign of sniffing)
    • Wears long sleeves even when inappropriate (sign of injecting)
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