The signs and symptoms that an individual can show when they are abusing depressant drugs can be quite evident and easy to point out. Most depressant drugs will make an individual seem sleepy or “out-of-it”, depending on what type depressant and how much they are using. Those who frequently abuse depressants will always seem drowsy and may have coordination problems and memory loss.
Some depressants, such as opioids, can cause pin-point dilation, while others, like alcohol, can cause pupils to dilate. An individual may have slurred speech and difficulty holding a conversation. Depressant addiction can quickly take a toll on an individual’s life and they may pursue the depressant drugs to no end, regardless of consequences.
For individuals who are persistent in their abuse of depressant drugs: overdose or other potentially fatal consequences are certainly a reality. And depending on which drug is used— withdrawal symptoms are inevitable when the individual reaches a point where they are unable to procure more of their preferred depressant.