Does Your Loved One Have a Drug Addiction?
Author: Justin Mckibben
The fight against drug addiction is not a fight easily won, especially when you don’t even know the ones you love are fighting it alone. Drugs and alcohol both cause overwhelming pain and loss on a regular basis to people just like you and me everywhere. People struggling with drug addiction do a great deal of damage to themselves, but they also hurt their loved ones who want to help.
Sometimes loved ones may feel powerless if their help is pushed away. Sometimes you won’t even know your loved one is struggling until it is too late. There is always help out there, but how can you get the right help if you don’t even know you need it? If you suspect your loved one is battling a drug addiction there are signs and symptoms you can look for.
Don’t Rule Out Alcohol
Now before we get started, let us remind you that alcohol is the most commonly used drug, and some statistics even say it is the absolute most dangerous drug there is.
Ethanol, a.k.a. alcohol is a psychoactive drug with a depressant effect, destroying your body while polluting your mind. Yes it is legal and often consumed in social interactions, but it has a devastating impact on the lives of millions of people. Alcoholism is a very real addiction, and if your loved one has a drinking problem they are at a great risk too.
Someone abusing drugs or alcohol may have bloodshot eyes or pupils that are smaller or larger than usual.
People struggling with drug addiction often experience changes in their appetite or sleep patterns.
Due to changes in appetite, someone addicted to drugs can also exhibit sudden weight loss or gain.
Another sign of drug addiction is your loved one may experience impaired coordination or have injuries or bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about.
Sometimes people experience effects for extended periods, in some cases including:
- Slurred speech
- Impaired or unstable coordination
People who develop a drug addiction frequently display inexplicable changes in their behaviors. Sometimes you may notice a decrease in attendance at school or work as well as a drop in performance.
People abuse drugs may also do thing you would not typically expect. Borrowing or stealing things may also indicated a loved one has a drug addiction. Common things you may notice go missing might be:
- Prescription drugs
Mood swings may be a warning sign. Some addicts will isolate or withdraw themselves from social interactions, or engage in secretive or suspicious behaviors. Sudden changes in relationships, friends and hobbies may also be a red flag as far as their behaviors that there is an issue with drugs or alcohol.
Drastic shifts in your loved one’s personality or attitude may also be a warning of drug addiction. They may exhibit:
- Sudden mood swings
- Laughing at nothing
- Angry outbursts
- Periods of hyperactivity
- Lack of motivation
- Unable to focus
Someone abusing drugs or alcohol may appear fearful, anxious, or paranoid for no apparent reason. Pay attention to your loved ones attitudes and see if there is anything else that could be causing these behaviors.
Of course with all of these signs, it is not indisputable proof that your loved one has a drug addiction if they experience a few of these signs. Still, you should be more aware of the possibility when you start to see a lot of these indicators consistently. If you go down the list and notice a lot of these signs sounds very familiar, at least try to have a conversation with your loved one.
If you think your loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, try to get them help right away. The sooner they can get help the better. If a drug addiction or alcohol abuse is left untreated, it can develop into something deadly. Recognizing these signs and symptoms of drug addiction early on can be vitally important to their health and safety.
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