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Recognizing the Signs of Addiction
Substance use disorder is a progressive disease. No one starts using heroin without warning signs. It may start with alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs, and most commonly prescription pain killers.
Know the warning signs before it's too late.
- Physical appearance
- Small pupils
- Decreased respiratory rate
- Non responsiveness
- Loss or increase in appetite
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Intense flu-like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, sweating, shaky hands, feet or head, large pupils)
- Wearing long-sleeves or hiding arms
- Change in attitude and/or personality
- Tendency to avoid contact with family and/or friends
- Change in friends, hobbies, activities and/or sports
- Drops in grades or performance at work
- Isolation and secretive behavior
- Moodiness, irritability, nervousness, giddiness
- Tendency to steal
Advanced Warning Signs
- Missing medications
- Burnt or missing spoons and/or bottle caps
- Small bags with powder residue
- Missing shoe laces and/or belts
Here is a link for information on how to find help from the NYS Department of Health.
The information and tools on the websites can help you better understand drug use.
Call Parents Toll-Free Helpline 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) Find Help:
1-877-8-HOPENY call or text HOPENY
NYS Department of Health (DOH)