Did you know, 10% of people in the US report that they have solved a substance abuse problem?
If you are struggling with addiction, know that there is help out there for you. You don’t need to suffer alone.
Are you wondering whether you or your loved one is an addict? In this article, we’ll look at seven signs of addiction that you need to consider.
This list covers a few points that are obvious from an outsider’s perspective and a few that only an addict can know about. Let’s get started:
1. Issues at Work, School, or in Relationships
Have you noticed that your loved one has all of a sudden started experiencing issues with school work?
Perhaps they’re regularly being reprimanded by a boss or simply can’t keep down a job?
Alternatively, you may notice that they’re not friends with people they’ve been close to for years and have a new group. These could all be signs of addiction.
Of course, on their own, these signs are not enough to presume that someone has a problem. If this is the only sign, try reaching out and simply asking your loved one why they’re struggling and what you can do to help.
Do not assume the worst otherwise you may end up pushing them away.
2. Appearances Begin to Change Drastically
Have you noticed that your loved one has become skittish, withdrawn, lost or gained weight, and regularly looks tired?
These are all signs that they may be suffering from addiction. When a person is addicted to a substance, they may behave in an out of character or risky way which can lead to:
- More accidents – in the car or at home
- Increased risk of sexual assault
- Increase in violent behavior
- Inability to reason, sleep or remember important things
- Infectious diseases
- Acne or other skin issues
- Teeth clenching leading to damage or bad breath
- Mood swings
- Mental illness such as anxiety and depression
If you notice any of these signs, then it may be time to plan an intervention. This may be the best way to encourage your loved one that it is time to seek help.
3. No Interest in Hobbies
Has your loved one always had a keen interest in cars, cycling, bird-watching, or baking that they no longer pursue?
A lack of interest in new things or old hobbies could be a sign that they are struggling with something else such as an addiction.
Again, this is not a sign on its own, it could simply mean that your loved one has outgrown their previous hobby.
But, in conjunction with the other signs on this list, it could be cause for concern. Try speaking with them to ask them why they’re no longer pursuing their hobbies.
4. Unacceptable Behavior Changes
Are you finding that your loved one is going out every single night, bringing drugs in the house, sleeping all day, and avoiding their responsibilities?
This is a cause for concern and may require that you work closely with a local rehab center in order to bring them the help they need.
If your loved one is suffering from a comedown, this is not the time to be talking to them about their problem. You will notice a comedown by behaviors such as:
- Lack of appetite
- Shaking and dizziness
- Sweating profusely
- Inability to sleep yet very fatigued
- Headache and nausea
If these issues are occurring regularly, then call your local GP to ask them for advice and help.
5. Thinking Only of Your Drug of Choice
Perhaps you are reading this list as someone who is worried they are addicted to a substance.
If you find your thoughts becoming consumed by your preferred drug or nights out, then it’s time to look for help.
Our holistic approach to substance abuse can help you bounce back and learn to love your life without drugs or alcohol.
You may also be worried about a relapse if you have previously been to therapy. Addiction can creep up on you slowly. The minute you become worried, it’s time to take action.
6. Withdrawal Symptoms
Many people believe that withdrawal symptoms are the only signs of addiction problems. As we’ve seen from this list, this is simply not the case.
But, it is true that suffering from withdrawal is a clear sign that you need help. Perhaps you find yourself drinking on a Tuesday evening to reduce the headache that came on after your last drink.
Or maybe you find yourself feeling skittish, angry, and anxious as you haven’t taken drugs for the last few days.
Whatever withdrawal symptoms you are suffering from, it’s time to face up to them and get help. With the right rehab center, you can face these issues with professional guidance.
7. Ignoring Risks
Are you finding yourself in riskier and riskier situations in order to get your high? Are you sharing needles with people you don’t know or going home with people for cash?
Whatever the behavior, if you weren’t previously comfortable with these risks, then it’s likely you’re being led by an addiction.
Unfortunately, this behavior could lead to irreversible problems. Act now before you make a mistake that will change the course of your life forever.
How Many of These Signs of Addiction Do You Identify With?
If you have read through this list of seven signs of addiction and ticked everything off, then you are suffering from addiction.
The best thing you can do is to get help immediately. Checking yourself into rehab is the most responsible next step.
If you are not the person with addiction but worried about a loved one, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for useful and compassionate advice.