How Can I Tell If My Loved One is Addicted to Drugs?
When you love someone, you are committed to helping them achieve success. You want to support their efforts, comfort them when they fail, and celebrate them when they succeed. Therefore, sitting idly by and watching a loved one get pulled further and further into the abyss by an addiction simply isn’t an option. You have to do something to help.
But, you don’t want to assume the worst and risk alienating a person with whom you share a close relationship. You want to be sure they are dealing with addiction. How can you tell?
Everyone knows that addiction isn’t a singular, universal experience. Our assumptions about meth addicts differ from the ones we have about heroin addicts. This is because addiction is complex. Every person experiences addiction differently; you can’t expect all symptoms to manifest for every person with a substance use disorder. The substance they use, how often they use it, and the severity of their addiction will all change the symptoms they experience and their intensity.
However, despite the wide range of possible symptoms, there are some common signs of addiction that you can use to gauge whether or not addiction is a possibility. Be aware of the following signs. If you notice your loved one displaying many of them, call 888-805-3559 and speak to someone about drug addiction treatment options. The more educated you are about the disease, the better able you are to help the addict in your life.
Has Your Loved One become Evasive or Secretive?
People start recovery by admitting they have no control over their drug use. That’s the point at which they reach out and get help. This is why a person who wants to keep using wraps themselves in the safety of denial. They simply cannot admit to themselves or others that there is a problem because that will likely lead to attempts to make them stop taking drugs and a person with an addiction fears that.
If you ask about drug use and get defensiveness, there may be a problem. Addicts will avoid answering direct questions. When they do give answers, they are often unclear. Be aware of increased secretiveness.
Has Your Loved One Been Lying?
When avoiding giving answers ceases to be effective or possible, addicts move on to lying. And, they don’t just do it once. They do it all of the time. In order to prevent you from stopping their drug use, they will tell you what they think you need to hear to back off. This is why asking a person with an addiction about their drug use directly isn’t successful. They won’t be honest until they are ready to get help.
Addicts lie in other circumstances to get the resources they need to keep using drugs. If you are frequently being presented with disaster scenarios that require you to give your loved one money, and you suspect they aren’t telling the truth, that’s a red flag.
They also feel shame about their drug use, so sharing their problem with people they love and respect is terrifying. They don’t want to encounter stigma or rejection. Learn more about how you can help them without judgement by calling 888-805-3559.
Has Your Loved One Been Experiencing Drastic Shifts in Mood?
There are a few different reasons that people with a drug addiction experience mood swings. Obviously, the process of getting high, coming down, recovering from any ill effects, and getting high again means a lot of different states of mind are being cycled through regularly. A person who is actively high won’t act the same way that they do when withdrawal symptoms are active.
People who use drugs are also two times more likely than the average person to be diagnosed with an anxiety or mood disorder, which means your loved one may have both a mental illness and an addiction active at the same time. This can certainly lead to erratic behavior. In some instances, drug use can even cause a mental disorder, like psychosis.
Has Your Loved One Been Sleeping Considerably Less or Considerably More Than Usual?
Drug addiction has a huge impact on a person’s energy level. The cycles that lead to mood swings also applies to fatigue and mania. Now, the substance of use will affect how the changes in sleep manifest. A stimulant user will spend a great deal more time awake than an average person. A barbiturate user, on the other hand, will experience a great deal of lethargy and is likely to sleep more than the average person.
If a secondary mental disorder is also in place, it can affect sleep patterns. Depression often causes people to sleep too much or not enough. And. Anxiety frequently prevents people from falling asleep.
Has Your Loved One’s Appearance Changed?
Addiction causes compulsive drug use despite knowledge of the negative consequences it creates. People who have a drug addiction, therefore, are driven to keep using. This shifts their thinking and their priorities, leaving previously important things like hygiene and attention to appearance forgotten. Infrequent showering and brushing of teeth can signal an addiction, as can wearing dirty clothes repeatedly.
It is certainly possible for a person to be slovenly without a drug addiction, but a previously well-groomed person who stops caring for themselves has some sort of large issue with which they are dealing.
If you are answering “yes” to many of these questions, you may be recognizing a pattern of addiction in a person you love. The next step is to address the issue, and many people choose to hold an intervention. These not only break through denial, they expand an addict’s understanding of their drug use’s impact. They learn they aren’t the only one suffering.
To learn more about interventions and drug addiction treatment, call 888-805-3559. Researching treatment options puts you in a position to not only address the drug use but to also make constructive suggestions about gaining and maintaining sobriety. It shows that you are dedicated to helping that person throughout their recovery, and that may help immeasurably.