The truth is when you’re high on a substance most people can tell. It’s easy to notice that someone has red eyes, slurred speech, or a wobbly walk. If you’re around co-workers, you might get judged or even experience consequences. If you’re around friends or family who care about you, you might get comments of concern or encouragement to stop using substances.
Although getting high on a drug might feel good and it might keep emotional pain at bay, it can ruin relationships, impair your ability to work, damage your career, or lead you to neglect your children. Being high can lead to subtle consequences that might rear up to hurt you in the future.
Plus, being high doesn’t look all that attractive either. Here are descriptions of what you look like when you’re high, depending on the substance you’re using:
When someone is drunk or has had many drinks, he or she will tend to have little to no inhibitions. Signs of alcohol use give them droopy eyes, slowed speech, an unsteady gait, and a slowed heart rate. Their eyes will appear glassy or watery and they might be prone to blackouts.
Opiates can be found in pain medication and in heroin. Because this substance can bring such pleasant feelings, many Americans have experienced addictions to either pain prescription medication and/or heroin. This drug can produce vomiting, change in sleep patterns, a horse or deep voice, frequently nodding off, itchy skin, and intense sugar cravings. Someone one opiates will have pinpoint pupils and droopy eyes.
When someone is high on marijuana, they typically reveal changes in their behavior, droopy eyes, frequent laughing, slowed and slurred speech, slow heart rate and pace, as well as frequent hunger and eating. As mentioned above, their eyes will often be red and their pupils dilated.
Drugs like cocaine, crystal meth, ecstasy, and Adderall fit into the amphetamine category. Anyone taking any of these drugs will experience a change in sleep pattern, chewing or grinding teeth, constant talking, slowed breathing, and increased heart rate. They will typically have wide eyes and dilated pupils.
This is a type of drug that is prescribed to help people manage their anxiety disorders. For instance, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin fit into this category. Someone using or abusing these drugs will tend to experience a change in behavior, drowsiness, slowed heart rate, loss of memory, frequently falling asleep, and slowed speech. Their eyes will tend to be droopy and glossy with dilated pupils.
Of course, each drug affects a person differently. Also, keep in mind that someone that fits any of the above descriptions might be in danger if they are driving a car or operating any machinery. They might also be hostile, aggressive, or withdrawn.
If you or someone you know is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s important to seek professional support from a treatment center. A professional can provide you with a list of rehab options for getting sober and recovering.