Can body language communicate addiction?

In my experience, yes. But just how do you know that someone is using and abusing drugs or alcohol? Some tell-tale signs: the eyes have it.

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How do you know that someone is using and abusing drugs or alcohol?

Although we can be off on occasion, fellow addicts can usually tell if someone is in denial, in relapse, or high by their body language. Specifically, looking a person in the eyes will do the trick. Just as in this video of the last days of Marilyn Monroe, an alcoholic or addict will display a few common symptoms.


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  • A piercing gaze that communicates defiance and anger
  • Eyes that are vacant and void of presence
  • Eyes that communicate emptiness, loneliness and/or despair
  • The inability to hold a gaze for longer than a few seconds
  • Dilated pupils
  • Heavy and lowered eyelids
  • Shifty eyes that cannot stay focused on one point
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.

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  1. It’s like a fake happiness wich can be discovered easily. Also alcohol is a fake happiness or fake God or fake satisfaction wich covers real sadness but never recover.

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