Learning how to recognize the tell-tale signs and characteristics of a drug addict is a very important skill. This article will discuss a few of the top signs and noticeable symptoms:

1. Sudden Changes: If you notice a sudden change in someone’s behaviour, routines or social scene then this is cause for concern. A developing drug addict will often start changing their behaviour and patterns to better accommodate their new habit and will generally have a new set of enabling friends to go along with it.

2. Denial: Most drug addicts will not admit to the fact that they do have a drug problem. Most sincerely believe that they are still in control and can easily stop whenever they want. They will always make excuses for their habit and even lie to protect it.

3. Physical Changes: One of the easiest ways to tell if someone has a drug problem would be by looking at their physical wellbeing and habits. Sudden changes in sleep patterns, frequently occurring health problems such as a common cold, queasiness and pain are some of the signs that could indicate drug dependence. Sudden weight loss or gain, red eyes and nervous or incoherent speech should also be looked at.

4. Irresponsible Behaviour: Drug addicts will have very little regard for their responsibilities and the law. They will do whatever needs to be done to get their next fix. A sudden occurrence of unlawful or irresponsible behaviour is one of the tell-tale characteristics of an addict.

5. Can’t Stop Thinking About The Drug: If you are constantly thinking about a particular drug, how you go about getting some more of the drug and how it makes you feel then you may be addicted to that particular substance.