What are the Signs of Polysubstance Abuse?
If you suspect a loved one is misusing multiple drugs you may be looking for signs of polysubstance use disorder, It may be harder to recognize, but the usual signs below may indicate that someone you know is struggling with polysubstance abuse disorder:
- Notable change in personality or behavior
- Trouble keeping up with schoolwork, job responsibilities, obligations, or relationships
- Losing interest in hobbies, activities, friends
- Mood swings or irritability
- An increased need for privacy or sneaking around
- Visible intoxication (slurred speech, disorientation, droopy eyelids, lack of coordination, speaking really fast, dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, jaw clenching, etc.)
- Asking for money, stealing money or valuables to buy drugs
- Going to doctors frequently for prescriptions
- Disappearing for periods of time without explanation
- Increased injuries or health issues
- Getting into problems with the law (DUI, arrest)
Different individuals will display different behaviors, and it may not always be easy to spot in early stages. Polysubstance use disorder can be harder to recognize since the person may not display obvious signs associated with specific substances like opioids or methamphetamine use disorder.