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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.
Decreased respiratory rate
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
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)