Signs and Effects of Marijuana Use

  • Increase in appetite
  • Slowed thinking and reaction time
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Impaired coordination
  • Respiratory problems
  • Red, dilated eyes
  • Memory and learning difficulties
  • Increased heart rate
  • Infertility

Physical Warning Signs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

  • Bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual.
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits.
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.

Behavioral Warning Signs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal to get it.
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities).

Psychological Warning Signs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts.
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness.
  • Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.

If you need assistance with alcohol or other drug use/abuse contact the Center for Prevention and Outreach at (631) 632-2748