How to Recognize Signs of Drug Addiction
You know your loved one best, and changes in his or her personality or daily routine may be signs of drug abuse. Discovering drug paraphernalia, like pipes, roach clips or syringes, is one of the most obvious signs of drug addiction. According to Mayo Clinic, here are some other signs to be on the lookout for:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Cycles of increased energy and little sleep
- Dental problems (associated with methamphetamine use)
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Persistent cough and/or bronchitis
- Sinus issues, like nosebleeds and infections (from snorting drugs)
- Sleeping more than usual
- Memory problems
- Sudden disinterest in regular activities
Seek Help Before It’s Too Late
While drug abuse often leads to addiction, your loved one could be abusing drugs but not actually addicted at this point. Hallmark signs of addiction include the inability to stop using drugs despite the desire to do so and feeling like the drug is needed in order to function in daily life. If you suspect your loved one is abusing drugs but hasn’t yet crossed over into addiction, talk to them about their drug use now. You may be able to stop them from forging forward into a full-blown addiction.
If your loved one is already in the throes of a drug addiction, know that denial is a key component of any addiction. As a result, your loved one may not believe that they actually have a problem. In fact, they may have many justifications for the signs of abuse or addiction you have noticed in them. They may say they are stressed with school or work and that is causing them to sleep more than normal. They may simply dismiss your concerns altogether and say you are paranoid.
It is, however, imperative to seek help for your loved one if you notice the signs of addiction present in their life. While your loved one may not respond to your attempt at intervention initially, they have heard what you have to say and it may have made a greater impression on them than you think. Drug abuse and addiction carry serious consequences, including the possibility of death, and the sooner help is sought, the less likely it is that long-term damage will occur.
If you need help formulating how to approach your loved one or if you’d like advice on where they should seek addiction treatment, contact us today at our toll-free number. We can help guide you in the best direction to get your loved one the help they need.
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It is absolutely important that you know how to spot the signs of drug addiction in a loved one, so you can sign them up for an addiction treatment program before it’s too late. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the specifics of the particular drug you suspect they are using. For example, the signs of marijuana addiction (paranoia, lethargy, decreased reaction times, etc.) are different than signs of methamphetamine addiction (increased energy, decreased appetite, violent behavior, etc.).
Find an Addiction Treatment Center Near You
If you see signs of addiction in a loved one, you want to encourage them to get help to deal with their addiction issues. Drug rehab facilities are staffed by people who understand how to treat addiction and care for addicted men and women. The first step towards finding the right drug treatment facility is to call our toll-free number at 1-800-565-0577. By answering a few simple questions, we can give you some options for getting your loved one help for their drug addiction. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form to get this valuable information. Don’t wait to get help for a loved one struggling with addiction; call today. We are here 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.
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