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Recognizing The Symptoms

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Drug Abuse

*  From “The Measure of a Christian Counsellor” by Pieter Herbst, Ph.D., B. Min (Hon)

Listed below are some symptoms that may indicate drug abuse:

  • Bloodshot eyes with dilated or pin point pupils not caused by changes in the intensity of light
  • Wearing sunglasses indoors and after sunset
  • Body language such as slouching, rapid up and down movement of the legs while seated
  • Lethargic
  • Sudden food cravings or loss of appetite and emaciation
  • No interest in former hobbies
  • Staring at nothing in particular
  • Diminished libido
  • Students missing classes, failing tests, and disruptive in class
  • Sometimes talking incessantly
  • Wanting to sleep as much as possible
  • Unnatural mood swings
  • Lack of interest in social activities
  • Personal hygiene is no longer important—clothing and bodies go for long periods unwashed
  • Blackened or rotting teeth
  • Suppurating sores on faces and bodies
  • Signs of premature aging
  • Not interested in finding employment; becomes a beggar/hustler
  • Becoming sloppy in appearance
  • Laughing at things/situations that are not obviously funny

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