Lack of concern for personal hygiene. Unusual need for money; financial problems. Physical warning signs of drug abuse Psychological warning signs of drug abuse. Toll-free (24 hours), 1-800-582-0709 (local line), 1-801-222-9200 While these are not definitive signs, if accompanied by secrecy or defensiveness, they can provide useful clues as to if something is wrong.
Withdrawal behavior and responding with hostility or caution when uncomfortable topics come up can be a sign of defensiveness. A person trying to hide addiction may redirect the conversation with arguments or even aggressive mood swings, and distracting methods are also a defensive signal.