We’ve all heard of the munchies or bloodshot eyes being attributed to being high off marijuana, but what are some other ways to tell if someone is high? Every drug has different responses from users, but they all have some similar physical and personality altering clues that would give away if someone was under the influence.
Although meth is not the most widely used drug in most countries, it is the most addictive and damaging one. Meth can be inhaled, injected, swallowed or snorted. Some of the major signs and symptoms of meth use are:
- Sleeplessness- meth users will be wired and have trouble sleeping for nights or weeks at a time.
- Have major loss of appetite and tend to lose a lot of weight.
- Can seem really agitated and nervous.
Cocaine is sometimes referred to as the “rich man’s drug” and is often used in film and tv to portray working class people that never stop. It is inhaled through the nose and other forms of it can be injected or smoked. Some symptoms a cocaine user might display are:
- Dilated pupils
- Runny nose or bloody noses
- Overcompensating talkativeness
When heroin is injected, it causes a surge of euphoria. Heroin users may fall asleep for long periods of time and this can sometimes be compared to a “dream like” state. Some other signs and symptoms of Heroin are:
- Itching, nausea, and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Nodding off for periods of time
- Track marks on arms
- Suppression of Pain
Opiates and Opioid highs are described very similarly to heroin. Addiction can occur when someone relies on a painkiller prescription for too long. A lot of people reluctantly take pain killers in the first place because of their high addictive properties. We are currently facing a large epidemic of Opioid addiction across the United States and it’s imperative we check our teens, adults and loved ones in our lives for these symptoms.
- State of Euphoria
- Muscle relaxation
- Alternating periods of sleep and consciousness
- Difficulty breathing
- Blush/ flushed appearance
- Restlessness and agitation
- Excessive sweating or cold and chills
Every person depending on their tolerance for these specific drugs may react differently, but they won’t be able to hide their usage from friends and loved ones. These signs although sometimes small, are key ways to tell if someone you love is using. Approach the topical delicately at first but then do your best to offer support and help to them. Step One Rehab offers many resources to combat addiction and the healing process.
By: Erica T.