Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

Drug Abuse

WARNING SIGNS OF POSSIBLE DRUG USE/ABUSE:

Physical warning signs of drug abuse:

  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual

  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain

  • Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits

  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing

  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination

Behavioral signs of drug abuse:

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school

  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it

  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors

  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies

  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)

Psychological warning signs of drug abuse:

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude

  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts

  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or      giddiness

  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”

  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason

If you have any other questions, please call the SU Counseling Center at 315.443.4715.