There are many different side effects associated with drug abuse and when a person starts abusing them their whole demeanor starts to change. Below are 10 side effects of drug abuse.
Erratic Changes in Behavior: One of the side effects to look for is newly developed erratic behavior. Drug abuse changes the way a person thinks and behaves so when a person starts abusing them, they may seem to be impulsive and just not acting like themselves.
Mental Cloudiness: A lot of different drugs that are abused today can cause mental cloudiness, meaning a person might seem like they're in a foggy state mentally, slow to answer questions and performing normal tasks.
Confusion: The abuse of drugs can cause confusion and this can start happening when a person first starts abusing them. As time goes on if a person continues to abuse drugs and they're using them more often, the confusion can appear to get worse.
Changes in Sleep Patterns: Drug abuse affects a person's normal sleep pattern and how it's affected depends on the type of drug the individual is abusing. Some drugs can cause a person to sleep for long periods of time and others can cause spells of insomnia. Sleep problems can become so troublesome that drug users sometimes start taking other drugs that do just the opposite.
Anxiety: One of the common side effects of drug abuse is anxiety which causes the substance user to feel anxious, nervous, and upset. Drug users that are suffering from severe anxiety will unfortunately experience these symptoms of anxiety all of the time.
Hyperactivity: Many different drugs especially stimulant drugs can cause a person to become extremely hyperactive, to the point where they may have difficulties even sitting still for even a short period of time.
Hygiene and Appearance: When a person starts using drugs sometimes they stop caring about the way they look. Even their personal hygiene habits may begin to change, for example they may stop taking showers as often, brushing their teeth, caring about how their hair looks etc. The individual may not be as meticulous about their overall appearance as they once were when they begin abusing drugs.
Some drug users may even make drastic changes in the style of clothes they once wore. Instead of wearing nice clothes and being well groomed like they were in the past, they may stop taking care of themselves altogether and start dressing and looking sloppy all of the time.
Suicidal Tendencies: Sadly this is a side effect of drug abuse even for moderate drug abuse. If a person abruptly stops taking certain drugs or prescriptions, they're more vulnerable to experiencing this side effect which is very serious.
Overdose: Unfortunately overdose is one of the most common side effects of all drug abuse. One of the reasons is because many drug users mix different drugs together which leads to an overdose and sometimes they're fatal. Tolerance is another reason many people overdose when they abuse drugs. The dose has to be increased in order to achieve the same effects and sometimes a drug abuser will take too much of the drug and overdose. Overdosing on any drug, especially prescription medications can be extremely dangerous - even fatal.
Addiction: Addiction is also one of the most common side effects of drug abuse. Once a person develops an addiction to drugs it's extremely difficult for them to stop abusing them due to intense cravings and sometimes painful withdrawal.