Signs And Symptoms Of Substance Abuse

Due to the vast amount of signs and symptoms associated with each category of substance abuse, a general discussion on the psychosocial and physical signs and symptoms of substance abuse will be presented. Your early recognition and referral of an abuser of alcohol and drugs could possibly save his life and start him on the path of rehabilitation.

a. Psychosocial. Psychosocial Includes psychological and sociological. Psychological refers to the study of the mind and all its relationships, normal and abnormal. Sociological refers to the study of the interactions of the individual with other people.

(1) General personality changes.

(2) Mood/behavioral changes.

(a) Irritability.

(b) Nervousness.

(c) Agitation.

(d) Argumentative.

(3) Changes in work habits.

(a) Lowered quality/quantity of output.

(b) Inconsistent work pace (likely to change frequently without apparent reason).

(c) Errors in judgment.

(d) Lack of interest in work.

(4) Frequent or increases in:

(a) Lateness to work.

(b) Illness (especially vomiting and diarrhea).

(c) Absence from work area.

(5) Marital problems.

(6) Financial difficulties.

(7) Avoidance of family and friends.

(8) Deterioration of appearance, dress, and personal hygiene. b. Physical Signs and Symptoms.

(1) Marked weight loss.

(2) Exhaustion.

(3) Lack of coordination.

(a) Staggering.

(b) Stumbling.

(c) Muscle tremors and/or twitching.

(d) Frequent accidents on and off the job.

(4) Slurred speech.

(5) Frequent skin problems.

(a) Ulcerations of the skin.

(b) Abscesses.

(6) Dilated or constricted pupils.

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