Often the first people to notice the signs of drug abuse are the user’s friends and family. And the way you react (either by enabling or lovingly confronting) can make a huge difference in their outcome. If you have noticed any of these things in your loved one, they may be signs that they are abusing illicit or prescription drugs. Change of appetite – The side effects of many illegal and prescription drugs include change in appetite. Drug abusers are often either always hungry or never hungry. Unexplained weight loss/gain – This is usually in direct correlation with a change in appetite. Many drugs play tricks with your digestive system and metabolism. For example, marijuana is known for causing drastic weight fluctuations in users. Worsened physical condition – Have you noticed a slowed gait or staggering walk in your loved one? It may be a sign they are abusing stimulants, inhalants or depressants. Interrupted sleeping patterns – Drugs like heroin and inhalants may cause your loved to be awake at unusual times and/or unusually lazy. Extreme hyperactivity – If your loved one has suddenly become very talkative and highly active without other explanation, they may be abusing stimulants or another drug. Dilated/contracted pupils – Abusing hallucinogens can cause the pupils in your loved one to dilate while depressants and heroin often cause pupils to be contracted. Needle marks on arms, legs or bottom of feet – These are telltale signs that your loved one could be abusing a heroin, a highly addictive and dangerous opiate. Increased risk taking – Most drugs lower the users’ inhibitions, increasing their willingness to do something risky that they would not have normally considered. Relationship problems – Is your loved one struggling in relationships with close friends and relatives? Many drugs can cause the user to feel detached from other people. Unusual smells – The majority of recreational drugs have a distinct smell. If you notice a strange smell on your loved one’s breath, body or clothing, it may be a sign of drug abuse. If you know someone struggling with drug abuse, step in. It will be difficult, but it may be exactly what they need. Let them know there is hope and a chance at recovery and that you are there to help them through it. Gallus Detox helps people with drug and alcohol addictions take the first step to a life without addiction through a medically supervised detox process. For more help recovering from an addiction, contact Gallus Detox online or call 855-338-6929.