10 Signs A Loved One is Struggling With Addiction
Addiction is Different For Everyone
Addiction has many facets and can manifest very differently from person to person; however, there are some hallmark warning signs that could indicate a person is struggling with an addiction. Not every individual will show all of these signs, but if your loved one is demonstrating two or more of them, there could be cause for concern.
Sudden and pronounced fluctuations in mood could be caused by substance abuse or addiction.
If you start catching your loved one in lies, this could be a red flag.
Being Secretive or Evasive
Similar to #2, people who are abusing drugs can sometimes go to great lengths to hide their addiction.
Changes in Attitude
Persons struggling with addiction often start to change their outlook, the way they carry themselves and how they treat others. Aggression, fearfulness and being short with others are just some of the ways this can manifest. They may often have a different aura or demeanor.
Loss of Interest in Activities They Once Enjoyed
A drug addiction can consume a large amounts of a person’s day, which reduces the amount of time they’re able to spend on hobbies and pursuits they once enjoyed.
Changes in Sleep or Energy Levels
Drug addiction can wreak havoc on sleep patterns and energy levels. If your loved one is dramatically more or less energetic than usual, this could be cause for concern.
Changes in Appearance/Weight Fluctuations
If your loved one suddenly grows or cuts their hair, starts dressing differently and/or spends less time on hygiene and self-care, this could be a red flag. Many substances also have an effect upon appetite and metabolism which could lead to weight gain or loss.
If you begin to notice cash or things of value disappearing from around your home, a family member could be struggling with addiction. Addicted persons sometimes steal to fund their next drug or alcohol purchase.
Failure to Meet Obligations
Addiction can overtake rational, logical thinking, causing an addicted person to miss deadlines, arrive late for work and not do things they promised to do. If a person who is normally responsible starts to fall short in their commitments, a substance abuse issue could be at play.
Most illicit drugs change and impact how the brain works, leading to memory loss and other damaging effects. If your loved one shows an inability to remember recent events and commitments, this could be cause for concern.
Taking the Next Step
Watching for combinations of these ten signs can help bring a substance abuse issue to light. The next step is to seek professional help and start your loved one on the road to recovery. Contact us today and we can help. All information is totally confidential.