Aside from the fact that South Africa ranks among the top alcohol drinking countries in Africa, drug abuse is also on the rise.Not only have we raised our status to one of the world’s drug capitals, but drug users are getting younger in SA. According to SANCA, the number of people being treated for drug use in the ages 14 to 17 has risen by 3 – 22%. The UN identified that we have the highest per capita consumption of Mandrax in the world and South Africans consume double the world average of weed annually. While it’s easier to smell a pothead, other drugs are harder to detect. And if you suspect drug use in your home, have a look at these tell tale signs that your loved one may be an addict: Change in personality: They may change friends and the way they interact with others. It’s almost as if they become strangers. Financial pressure: They always need money and their finances may be suddenly strained. In some cases, they may develop a pattern of stealing. Mood swings: Impatience and erratic emotions may be telling.? Lies and deception: They may have unexplained disappearances and a pattern of lies may be evident.? Weight fluctuations: Depending on the substance used, weight may be affected as most substances have a direct correlation with appetite and metabolism.? Sleep and energy fluctuations: Individuals may exhibit extreme bouts of energy followed by periods of melancholy and lethargy, which may result in prolonged periods of sleep. Memory loss: Drug abuse may lead to periods of blackouts, meaning that users forget having been in certain places or having done certain things.
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