Signs of Drug Abuse in Oregon

Drug abuse is a serious problem in the United States that unfortunately does not just affect young people. Many individuals in their 50s and 60s also abuse drugs, which means that it is especially important to recognize when someone may have a problem. North Coast Recovery can help the residents of Astoria, Oregon, and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country, who are suffering from any form of drug abuse.

What Is Drug Abuse?

Drug abuse is the act of misusing a legal or illegal substance. It may also refer to the habitual use of addictive substances. Those who abuse drugs do not necessarily have an addiction problem but could be prone to developing one in the future. As such, it is essential for patients to receive treatment so that their drug use does not become a more serious issue.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Many of the physical signs of drug abuse are rather easy to spot. A person may be under the influence if he or she exhibits any of the following signs:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slow reaction time
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination
  • Involuntary shaking or tremors
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea and vomiting

Changes in financial stability are often one of the first signs of drug abuse as well. Drugs are expensive, so individuals may neglect other financial obligations in order to afford them. Those who continue using long term may even resort to criminal acts such as stealing as a method of paying for their habit.

Changes in Behavior

Drug abuse causes destructive behavior patterns that are often characterized by a dramatic shift in what is normal for that person. Some of these behavior patterns can include:

  • Extreme euphoria
  • Depression
  • Increased aggression
  • An inability to form coherent thoughts
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Being easily agitated

A person who is abusing drugs may also make changes to his or her social network. For example, that individual may no longer wish to hang out with others who do not use drugs and begin spending more time with those who do. Some people will even completely avoid social situations where it is not possible for them to use drugs.

Physical and Mental Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Someone who is abusing drugs may:

  • Spend a great deal of time thinking about where and how to get drugs
  • Gradually begin using more and more of a particular drug, or consume it at more frequent intervals
  • Rationalize his or her use
  • Deny that drug use is causing problems at home or at work
  • Exercise poor judgment, particularly when trying to obtain drugs

Why Choose North Coast Recovery?

  • Licensed treatment facility in the state of Oregon
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Long and short-term programs available
  • Gender-specific programs
  • Personalized, compassionate care

Contact North Coast Recovery Today

North Coast Recovery, conveniently located in Astoria, Oregon, is a highly rated addiction treatment facility that serves residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Our programs provide a wide range of treatments with a track record of effectiveness to help people overcome addiction. Please contact us today to find out more about how North Coast Recovery can serve you.