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5 Ways to Know Your Loved One Needs Addiction Help

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When you have a loved one who is using drugs or alcohol, things can quickly spiral out of control. Yet it can be difficult to know if someone is abusing drugs or if something else is going on. If you’re concerned that it’s more than just use, and that your loved one may need addiction help, here are five ways you can tell.

Suddenly Secretive

If your loved one suddenly has a bunch of secrets, it may mean he or she is addicted. When you’re dependent on drugs or alcohol, you end up with a lot of secrets in an attempt to hide the addiction.

People are secretive about their use, where they go, how much money they spend, and the effects they experience. These same individuals may suddenly demand more privacy than they previously needed and become evasive when asked questions or confronted. They may also become angry and say that you don’t trust them in an attempt to change the subject.

Slacking on Responsibilities

One of the major signs of addictions is slacking on responsibilities. Your loved one may be missing days of school or work. When present, he or she isn’t as productive and the quality of work begins to lessen. At home, chores and duties get left undone and it can seem like he or she doesn’t even seem to notice that responsibilities are neglected.

No Longer Interested in Activities

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, his or her drug use takes time. There’s obtaining the drug, finding a place to use the drug, and the actual use and period of being high. Because this can take up the majority of the day for some addicts, those activities that your loved one used to enjoy suddenly don’t seem so exciting.

Decline in Appearance

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, he or she often has a decline in appearance and grooming habits. Suddenly, hair doesn’t get brushed, teeth don’t get cleaned, and he or she may go days without showering. If you’re noticing that your loved one has suddenly stopped taking care of him or herself, it’s time to stand up and say something about your concerns and ask if addiction help is needed.

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Things Are Bad and the Use Doesn’t Stop

Drug and alcohol use make things harder. It creates problems in relationships, at home, work, and school and it can cause serious health issues. If these signs appear, and your loved one still doesn’t stop using, it probably means he or she is in need of addiction help.

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For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the Addictions.com helpline is a private and convenient solution.

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