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how can i tell if my significant other has been abusing substances?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Be observant: Signs of abuse may include frequently refilled prescriptions or hospital visits, track marks from needles on the skin and abnormal pupils (dilated/ constricted) or sclera (the whites of the eyes). Letting them know you are concerned and want to help rather than confronting them by accusation is the best approach to opening a discussion about the topic.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Change in habits: Change in habits, temperament hygiene can give a clue.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx commented
Pain Management 48 years experience
Particularly having more adverse consequences like missed appointments and obligations, ignoring normal duties, becoming secretive about appointments and meetings. Becoming obsessed with finding the substance in question and becoming paranoid about running out.
Jun 16, 2012

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