Signs of Addiction
Are you concerned about a friend or loved one’s drug or alcohol use? Are you afraid for his or her safety? More than 17 million Americans struggle with addiction, and many more family members wrestle with the decision to do something about it. Too often, addiction carries on, without anyone showing the courage to stand up and stop it.
Addicts can hide their disease so well that no one around them knows anything is going on. Other times, families know there is a problem but they live in denial about it. They might make excuses for the person or try to wait out the addiction. Loved ones often look back and regret that they didn’t pay better attention to the signs of addiction or do something about it sooner. Once addiction has taken hold, it is hard to overcome, and without help the addict will continue in a downward spiral.
If you are worried about a friend or family member’s drug or alcohol use, it is important to learn about the options for treatment. Recovery is possible, but it often takes the brave actions of loved ones who saw the signs of addiction to get the addict to accept help. Community Rehab can help. Contact us at (844) 867-6835 today to learn how we can help your loved one live a sober life.
Look for the Evidence of Addiction in the Person’s Life
Addiction causes a variety of problems in a person’s life, including financial issues, social problems, and physical sickness. Because everyone is different, some people will begin to show signs in one area while others have other symptoms. Knowing the signs and symptoms of substance abuse is key to getting help for your loved one on time.
The following are life changes that often happen as a result of addiction. If you notice these signs, your loved one might have a problem with addiction.
Neglecting responsibilities. One of the first signs of substance use is the lack of responsibility the person will begin to show. They may call in sick to work more often or show up late to family gatherings. If the person is a student, they will most likely see a drop in grades as addiction sets in, as they have more interest in using drugs or alcohol than doing their school work. This symptom is the most serious if it happens suddenly, or if it is a drastic change from how the person normally acts.
Legal trouble. Other people get in trouble with the law as a result of their drug or alcohol use. Some will be picked up for drug charges, DUI, or other crimes directly related to substance use, while others get in trouble for things like disorderly conduct or stealing to support their habit.
Financial trouble. Drugs and alcohol are expensive, and as the person becomes hooked on their substance, they will be more willing to spend large amounts of money on it. An addict might lose their job and their house, and will eventually run out of money for even the basic needs in life because they spend all they have on their substance.
Strained relationships. A person who is struggling with addiction will naturally pull away from family and friends. They may be more irritable or combative because of the addiction, and frequent fights may break out. The addict might also find a new group of friends that they can get high with and may break things off with their old friends.
If you are worried about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, compare their symptoms with the list below. If you find that they are showing several of these signs, consider getting help for your loved one.
- Bloodshot eyes
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
- Decline in personal grooming habits
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
- Financial troubles
- Increased demand for secrecy
- Sudden change in friends
- Sudden change in interests or hobbies
- Getting in trouble at work, school, or with the law
- Mood swings
- Lack of motivation
Don’t just look at those around you. Consider your own lifestyle as well. Is it possible that you could have an addiction? If any of the following apply to you, you might be addicted.
- Tolerance for drugs or alcohol
- Self-medicating with substances
- Loss of control over substance use
- Making excuses for drug use or drinking
- Cravings for drugs or alcohol
- Giving up activities you used to love to do drugs or alcohol
Our treatment services are designed to bring out your true authentic self without the drugs and alcohol.