How Do I Know If My Loved One Is Addicted To Drugs and/or Alcohol?

Determining whether or not a loved one is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can be a complex matter that involves some investigating on your part.  You may not know how to handle the situation appropriately.  Are you supposed to snoop around your loved one’s belongings?  Should you trust the words your loved one tells you?  These are all questions that may be cycling on repeat in your mind, but letting them race around nonstop won’t do you any good.  Don’t stay sitting inside your head.  Instead, get educated on what being addicted to drugs and alcohol may look like and learn what to do so you can best handle the situation effectively in order to support your loved one during their addiction to substances.

Warning Signs Of Addiction 

While some warning signs of being addicted to drugs and alcohol may be blatantly obvious, others can be more difficult to spot.  When you are aware of what signs of active drug and/or alcohol use looks like, you can best pinpoint what may be going on.  Noticeable physical signs may include having bloodshot eyes, small or enlarged pupils, valuables disappearing from home, large amounts of money found in their room, abnormal fluctuations in mood, track marks on their body, rapid weight gain or loss, appetite changes, inability to focus, sleep disturbances, lack of hygienic care, change in routine, loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities, extreme tiredness, and/or overall odd behavior.  These are physical warning signs to take notice of in your loved one because they may indicate that they are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, which means that you should step in to intervene and encourage them to receive help by seeking some form of treatment.  All of these symptoms are a direct side effect of abusing substances and when they stop abusing them, their mind and body should reconfigure.

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Recognizing drug paraphernalia

Aside from spotting drug warning signs in your loved one’s characteristics and behaviors, you may also want to be on the look out for drug paraphernalia.  However, this means that you will have to have a basic knowledge of what products constitute as drug paraphernalia.  Products that are associated with drug use are typically aluminum foil, syringes, varying sizes from tiny to large plastic baggies, glass and metal pipes, whip cream canisters, cotton balls, rubber bands, pill cutters, and balloons.  If you see any and especially multiples of these, you may want to discuss with your loved one why they have them.  Using these products for drug involvement highlights the drug culture and can resign that your loved one may be addicted to drugs or associated with a negative crowd, so a conversation could be more than worth having.

When there is any reason to believe a loved one is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you should look into it because ignoring the signs won’t make the possibility dissipate.  If there is an issue with substances, it needs to be addressed.

Do you believe your loved one may be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol?  Contact The Watershed for support about seeking treatment for your loved one.  Call now because recovering from addiction is possible.

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