Are you concerned that someone you care about may be struggling with addiction? That is something serious to accuse someone of, and can create a very strained relationship if you’re making that claim falsely. Instead of jumping straight to condemnation, take the time to study your loved one’s habits and behaviors. This will give you concrete concerns to discuss with your loved one. Before you throw around weighty accusations, learn what to look for. If you are concerned your loved one is struggling with substance abuse or drug addiction, call Family Recovery Solutions; we provide help for parents and families of addicts, so you can break the cycle of addiction and reclaim a healthy life.
Addiction Warning Signs
Some warning signs of addiction may seem blatantly obvious. If your loved one is getting blackout drunk every night, going to work intoxicated regularly, or even taking impairing painkillers or prescription medications they shouldn’t, you’re probably pretty aware that your loved one has a problem. However, some signs of addiction are more subtle. These can include:
- Changes in routine – Now, we don’t mean that forgetting one errand or arranged plan means your loved one is an addict. However, if someone who used to be perfectly punctual and never missed an arranged plan begins showing up erratically, frequently arriving late, or missing plans entirely and often, they may have fallen into addictive behaviors.
- Losing interest – Is your loved one an avid golfer? What about a weekly open mic night performer? Drug addiction and substance abuse often manifest in lost interest in many areas of one’s life that were previously primary interests, so if your loved one has stopped playing their weekly golf game, that may be cause for concern.
- Secretive behavior – This pairs fairly closely with changes in routine. If your loved one becomes increasingly hesitant to talk about where they’ve been or what they’ve been doing, this could be their way of trying to cover up how much they drink, and so on.
- Body changes – If your loved one has chosen to grow a beard, that isn’t necessarily a warning sign on its own. However, if someone who was formerly very neat and conscientious about their appearance goes to work unshowered and wearing a three day old shirt, this could be an indicator that drugs or alcohol have taken precedence over self maintenance.
- Lower limits – Happy hour with coworkers can be a great way to relax after a rough week; but, if your loved one says they’re only going to have one drink this time and proceeds to over indulge yet again, those lowered limits of self-control may indicate a problem that needs professional assistance. An increased tolerance also implies regular or frequent overindulgence to the point that the person’s body requires more of the substance to feel the effects.
- Disregard for consequences – If your loved one is increasingly likely to make unsafe decisions in order to obtain their substance of choice (or variants thereof) or they continue to partake of it despite negative consequences, this implies drug addiction or substance abuse. Examples of this can include continuing to drink heavily after getting a DUI or losing their job because of inattention or poor decisions caused by substance abuse on the clock.
In addition to all these changes in behaviors, there are physical manifestations of drug addiction and substance abuse, including bloodshot eyes, a hacking cough, and slurred speech. However, the list of physical effects is lengthy and varies based on the substance.
The list above is not a comprehensive list, nor do any of these behaviors indicate that your loved one absolutely has a substance abuse problem. This is meant to be an illustrative list of potential indicators only. If you’re concerned your loved one is dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, get help from a professional.
Get Help Before You Get Overrun
Don’t let your life get overrun in much the same way an addict’s is. Help your loved one overcome addiction, but learn how to do so safely and healthfully. Call Family Recovery Solutions of Florida to attend a Palm Beach workshop or attend individual or family counseling. We’ll teach you the tools to help break the cycle of addiction in your family, so contact us today!