When someone you love is in the throes of addiction, life becomes chaotic. He or she may be in denial, and even though you see the signs of drug abuse and dependence, you may question if it’s really bad enough that your loved one needs addiction help.
If you’re unsure, here are five signs to watch for that probably mean what was once recreational use has now becoming something more and drug and alcohol addiction treatment is where you’re loved one needs to be. If you or someone you love is in need of addiction help, call 800-654-0987 today to learn about treatment options.
When what was once an open relationship is suddenly filled with secrets, it can mean that addiction help is needed. From hiding drug use and the effects of being high to sneaking money away to buy drugs or alcohol, seeking more privacy and keeping secrets may indicate that your loved one is addicted. This is especially true when he or she seems evasive, always dodging direct questions related to drug use.
Slacking on Responsibilities
Whether it’s at home, at school, or at work, when someone is slacking on his or her responsibilities because of drug use, it can mean there’s a problem. It doesn’t matter if things are left undone because of excessive absences or because of a lower productivity caused by drug or alcohol use or hangovers, when things responsibilities are left for not, it’s time to seek addiction help.
No Longer Interested in Activities
Before people become addicted to drugs or alcohol, they had things they liked to do. It may have been baseball or bowling, comic books or knitting, hunting or gardening, but now that they’re addicted, these things are no longer interesting. While your loved one may still enjoy fishing, addiction takes time to find, secure, and use drugs, and because of the social withdraw that many addicts and alcoholics go through, they’re less likely to seek out engaging activities.
Things Are Bad but They’re Still Using
Before drug use becomes problematic, many people can recognize the way drugs and alcohol make life unmanageable. From hangovers to issues with relationships, these things cause many people to stop using before they’re addicted. But when there are problems at work and home, with friends and family, and even with their health, and drug or alcohol use still doesn’t cease, it’s time to find help for addiction.
Decline in Appearance
Once someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, there’s often a decline in grooming and appearance. He or she may wear the same clothes for days in a row, forget to shower for a week, or not even realize that his or her teeth and hair haven’t been brushed in days. Part of it is that they no longer care about these things, and part of it’s that drug use has made them just forget to do it.