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Narcotic Addiction Signs

Narcotic addiction presents itself through an array of emotional and physical symptoms and signs. Mental and emotional signs include temporary psychosis, paranoia, depression, slow speech pattern and disorientation. Common physical symptoms include increased energy, restlessness, and various types of bodily changes, such as weight loss and nose bleeds.

Physical Changes

Those addicted to narcotics are at high risk for experiencing a variety of physical changes. Weight loss is very common among narcotic users, especially those addicted to drugs like cocaine, heroin, and other types of opiates. Dental issues resulting in tooth loss can sometimes be attributed to methamphetamine addiction. Sinusitis and regular nosebleeds are often seen in addicts who snort their drugs on a routine basis. Users who smoke narcotics may often experience bronchitis bouts and coughing up blood.

Sleep and Increased Energy Issues

Restlessness, increased energy, and the inability to sleep throughout the night are common warning signs of a potential addiction to stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine. Excess sleep periods are yet another. Increased metabolism and blood pressure are also common in regular users, but can be much more difficult to view with the naked eye.


Though it likely goes without saying, unexplained paraphernalia such as rolling papers, pipes, and syringes left around the living space are often clear signs of addiction. The longer an individual is able to use, the more less inhibited they will become.

Impaired Mental Function

Many long-term addicts will show signs of slowed or impaired mental function. This is typically viewed as slowed or slurred sleep, confusion, and disorientation. These types of symptoms may present themselves randomly, and can be followed by periods of extreme hyperactivity.

Emotional Addiction Signs

An addiction to narcotics will often change the usual mental function and mood of the user. Heightened irritability and anger are very common symptoms among even short-term users.  Conversely, some users will become more apathetic, lethargic, depressed, or unusually relaxed. Still, other users may exhibit signs of delusion, paranoia and temporary psychosis. When addiction takes over, users often lose sight of what really matters in life – Life itself revolves around the drug.

Rationalization / Denial

Many addicts will often underestimate the affect their addiction has on them. Loss of friends, family, finances, and previous comforts will commonly go unnoticed as the drug continued to infiltrate the life of the user. Vehement denial can also be a sign of addiction. In some cases, addicts will hold onto a belief that they are not addicted and will attempt to convince friends and family members when accused.

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