Some researchers estimate 1 in 10 people have substance abuse problems. Chances are, someone you knows is struggling with addiction. The problem is knowing who. The biggest difficulty in treating addiction is denial that the addiction even exists. Suggesting that someone is an addict can be offensive. This is partly because addiction is thought of as a moral failing, not a disease, and partly because you’re threatening their use of the substance. When someone is addicted, the drug causes their whole world to narrow down to that substance, and by suggesting they need help, you are suggesting they no longer use. However, there are signs to help you tell if your loved one needs an intervention.
The more you use drugs, the more tolerance you build. Tolerance means that you need more of the substance to get the same effect as you once did. This can show itself by people having their prescription filled more often than necessary, or an increase in alcohol outings. Tolerance is a key indicator of addiction because as the body adjusts to the drug, it requires more and more to function and feel comfortable.
If your loved one is hiding evidence or lying about usage of the drug or substance, they could be addicted. They will try and make you think that they are not using the substance at all. In addition, their appearance may deteriorate. Addiction shifts the brain’s focus to be centered solely on the addictive substance. All other needs are less than the substance, and the person’s appearance may begin to change. Rumpled clothing, lack of shaving, or bags under the eyes can all be signs of addiction. This sign is harder to identify than others.
Blackouts and forgetting memories can be signs of addiction. If you try to talk to them about a specific event and they are confused or surprised, they may be abusing substances. Unexplained money problems can also be cause for concern, especially if they are normally comfortable financially. In medication addicts, injuries and accidents may be common. The addict may cause pain to themselves to be able to access the drug again. In addition, multiple DUIs can signal substance abuse, as the disease causes addicts to lose the ability to control their urges and desires. Once they begin using the substance, it is incredibly hard for them to stop.
If irrational behavior or abrupt mood changes are present, you may be dealing with addiction. The subjects of drug or alcohol abuse may be a cause for aggression or sadness, and you never know how they are going to react. In many cases, the addict’s mood depends on how much of the drug was used and how long ago it was taken.
Lack of responsibility and isolation are both signs of addiction. If your loved one is often late, skips events, or lacks motivation where they once were motivated, you may be facing addiction. Addicts sometimes lose interest in the activities they once enjoyed as the disease changes how their brain thinks. Lastly, any health or mental issues the addict may have will probably get worse increasingly fast. Drugs are sometimes used to distract or lessen the real problem the addict is facing.
Lead Recovery Center can help you become free from your addiction. Begin the recovery process by calling (800) 380-0012 today! The Lead team can help guide you on the path to becoming happy and healthy, all in a supporting and nurturing environment.