After reducing or stopping chronic drug use taking a drug in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Spending a lot of time getting, using, and recovering from the effects of a drug.
Abandoning previously-enjoyed activities, such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, in order to use drugs.
Neglecting school, work, or family responsibilities.
Taking risks while high, such as starting a fight or engaging in unprotected sex.
Continuing to use despite physical problems (e.g., blackouts, flashbacks, infections, injuries) or psychological problems (e.g., mood swings, depression, anxiety, delusions, paranoia) the drug has caused.
Legal troubles because of drug use, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support drug habit.
What You Can Do
Treat the situation as serious.
Share your concern and encourage the student to seek help.
Recognize that denial is a powerful aspect of substance problems and that it can involve conscious or unconscious lying and distorting the truth.