Addiction is the last thing we want to happen to our loved ones, but the reality is that 20 million Americans are addicted to substances. When we suspect that a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, we may brush aside warning signs in the hope that they’re fine, or they’re just going through a rough day, or they’ll quit soon. But ignoring a potential addiction is the worst action you can take if you want your loved one to return to healthy, sober living. Here are some signs that someone you love is struggling with addiction and needs drug rehab.
Gaps in memory or concentration: Drugs can cause blackouts, lost memory, and lack of focus. A detoxification in an addiction treatment center can help reverse these negative effects.
Weight loss or gain: Some drugs can alter physical weight, or raise or lower appetite.
Unkempt appearance; not bathing or taking care of oneself: As people become addicted, they neglect their hygiene and personal care.
New set of friends: Addicts may have a new group of friends who are also involved in taking drugs.
Financial problems: Addicts often have money problems because they spend so much on their substance abuse.
Isolating oneself for hours at a time: Addicts may isolate themselves while taking drugs in order to hide their habit from friends and family.
Changing sleep schedule: Addicts may stay up or sleep in later than usual.
Withdrawing from old friends and social ties: Either because of a sense of shame or a desire to associate with other drug abusers, addicts often withdraw from friends and family.
Lack of motivation: Drugs can damage the motivation system in the brain.
Doesn’t find joy in previously loved activities: As the drugs begin to alter brain chemistry, addicts won’t find joy in anything except getting high.
Blowing off responsibilities or commitments: The drug takes highest priority in the addict’s life.
Problems at home, school, or work: Addicts may have unexplained absences, poor work performance, or bad behavior.
Becoming secretive about one’s personal life: Addicts may try to hide their activities or personal life, especially from close friends and family.
Mood swings: Drugs can cause sudden changes in behavior, from anger to depression and everything in between.
Risk taking: Some drugs cause risky behavior, but the addict may engage in risky behavior in order to attain drugs, like exchanging sex for drugs or stealing in order to get money.
Depression: Drugs like alcohol and marijuana cause depression.
Relationship issues: Addicts often face relationship issues when their behaviors cause friendships and relationships to break down.
If someone you love exhibits several of these signs, it may be time to address your suspicions. Talk with the person with as much love and understanding as possible, and try to find an addiction treatment program together. At Mental Health Series, we can help you find a drug rehab center that fits the individual’s needs.