February 12, 2018

How to Recognize Addiction in a Loved One

Addiction can affect people from all walks of life. Overuse of recreational or prescription drugs can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of many people, including your loved ones. People turn to substance abuse for a number of reasons: curiosity, peer pressure, stress, anxiety, and more. In fact, prescription painkillers are the most commonly abused drug in the U.S. other than marijuana.

It can be hard to witness when a loved one is struggling, especially when you don’t know the cause. In many cases, addicts develop methods to disguise their behavior and habits.

So how can you recognize addiction in a loved one?

Changes in Behavior

Has your loved one been neglecting their responsibilities, such as school, work, or at home? Have you noticed them becoming unsociable and moody? Changes in social interaction can be a sign of addiction. If you start to notice that your loved one is being secretive or even lying, that is another sign. Addicts often lie to avoid confrontation.

Changes in Appearance

From disheveledness to weight loss, addiction can alter appearance in many ways. Bloodshot or glassy eyes? Lack of personal grooming? Rapid weight loss? Unexplained marks on the skin? Any kind of deterioration in physical appearance can be an indication of addiction. Even changes in sleep schedule can be an indicator of a deeper problem.

Changes in Interests

When was the last time your loved one engaged in an activity you remember them enjoying? Golf? Bowling? Reading? Preoccupation with drugs and other substances can displace the joy and stimulation that they used to get from hobbies and other activities. Even radical changes in their social circle can be an indication that they have turned to substance abuse.

Changes in Eating Habits

Bingeing and lack of appetite can both be indicators of abuse of different substances. Cravings for junk food and sweets in massive quantities (more than usual) is a sign of bingeing habits. Energy stimulating drugs keep people satisfied to the point where they have no appetite at all, and will lose weight rapidly as a result.

These are just some of the more common indicators of addiction. If you have concerns about your loved one, get in touch. At Centrec Care Inc. we offer a number of comprehensive programs and services that consist of a combination of individual psychotherapy, psycho-education groups and medication management performed by a multi-disciplinary treatment team for adults and adolescents afflicted with psychiatric, substance abuse and dual diagnosis disorder. Contact us online or by calling 314-205-8068.

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