BEHAVIORAL SIGNS

BEHAVIORAL SIGNS:

“Always seeming like you have somewhere to be…”

General signs of substance abuse:
 -Change in friends
-Declining grades
-Decrease in motivation, “No drive”
-Increased school disciplinary action
-Loss of interest in activities (Sports, music, hobbies)
-Missed school or work
-Selling/pawning, stealing, or missing valuables/cash
-Frequent use of mints/gum/candy/chips to mask breath
-Hiding substances (ie. Cars, wallets, hat rims, shoes)
-Hiding controlled substances in non-controlled
-Prescription bottles that look similar
-Avoidance of loved ones/secrecy/irrational excuses for absences
-Overly sensitive or defensive/detached
-Anxiety/Depression/Frequent mood swings
-Irritability
-Isolation (long periods in bathroom/shower, car or bedroom)
-Changing sleep hours
-Decline in physical self care
-Sudden onset or increased cigarette usage
-Increase in speeding or other tickets or minor accidents
-Change in style of clothing, particularly clothing depicting substance use messages -(iPath or Bob Marley clothing etc)

 Specific to IV Use (Heroin/Cocaine/Other):

-Wearing long sleeve shirts during warm weather (To cover “Track marks”)
-Napping or falling asleep at strange times (Heroin or opioids)
-Long periods in bathroom/shower

Specific to Distribution of Substances:

-Having large amounts of unexplained cash
-P.O. Boxes for mail
-New clothing without a job
-Packages arriving with discrete labeling

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