What are some psychological signs of substance abuse?


Drug abuse takes noticeable psychological tolls on users. The signs and symptoms of drug dependence vary depending on the type of drug being abused. Below are some of the psychological warning signs of substance abuse:

  • Unexplained changes in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Increased irritability
  • Anger outburst
  • Emotional and Mental Withdrawal
  • Increased inattentiveness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Unexplained anxiousness or paranoia

Getting psychological and medical help is essential in the treatment process. Drug addiction is an illness. There are many different roads to substance abuse recovery. Change is possible with the right treatment and support.

George Joseph
Addiction Medicine
Psychological signs of substance abuse:

• Changes in personality traits and attitudes
• Inflexibility, drama, anger, dramatic mood swings

• Easily agitated, excitable and giddy

• Intervals of highs and lows – hyperactivity to lethargy

• Increased feelings of fear, paranoia and anxiety

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