5 Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

5 Ways to Detect Emotional Symptoms of Possible Drug Abuse

Depression is a symptom of drug abuse

Drug abuse is devastating and causes emotional and physical pain. The emotional effects may be difficult to detect depending on the chemical makeup of the user, as well as the effects the drugs have on the user’s demeanor, according to a study performed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

There are five signs to look for when trying to discern whether a person may be suffering from emotional issues due to drug use as opposed to simply having a natural emotional response.

Exaggerated Reactions and Hiding Emotions

A person who is suffering from emotional symptoms of drug abuse may react in a fashion that is not warranted by stimuli.  In fact, the user’s temper may grow much more volatile and explosive. A user may mask reactions to certain stimuli is a result of drug abuse.  It may seem like the most rational reaction to the user.  However, it will conceal a deeper issue that must be dealt with as soon as possible.


Many drugs, including prescription pills when misused, give the user a sense of euphoria followed by a bottoming out that can manifest itself as depression.  It is difficult to free the user from this state without a stint in rehab.

Dangerous Overconfidence

People abusing drugs often intermittently delude themselves into a form of overconfidence.  In this case, the user may feel unwarranted pride in an achievement that he or she did not achieve.  This is dangerous in that it may cause them to attempt feats that are risky and above their ability.  These actions can lead to injury and death.

Feelings of Dependency

Addiction, by definition, is a disease of dependency.  It is one that causes people to cling to unhealthy habits and addiction.  It may also cause people to cling to unhealthy emotional situations.

Suicidal Thoughts

One of the most dangerous emotional reactions is the lingering thought of suicide or a desire to harm oneself. This is dangerous because while using an illicit substance, the smallest things may cause a user to react in a manner that is not logical in the least.

Treatment Help

These reactions are serious and, like all symptoms of addiction, must be treated by a professional in order for the addict to live a healthy life.

Determining that drug use exists allows for options to help. Please call our toll-free helpline today to speak with an admissions coordinator who can help connect you with the resources and treatment options that are right for you and your situation. You are not alone. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, so please do not hesitate to call now.