The Signs Of Addiction
7 Signs Your Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction
Most people using drugs or alcohol find it hard to admit they are using it. In most cases, they try and hide it from their friends and family to avoid confrontation. Because of shame and fear, they will hardly come out and admit it, which eventually keeps them in the cycle for longer. If you suspect your loved one is struggling with addiction, you can watch out for the signs of addiction discussed below.
1. unpredictable mood swings
Most people using drugs or alcohol experience irregular mood swings. A substance like methamphetamine can make an individual hyperactive, energetic and talkative. However, once the effects of the drug subside, the user will become cranky, anxious, and lethargic. You will notice sudden outbursts, which can be confusing. Watch out for fluctuating mood swings, as it could be a sign your loved one is using.
2. sudden physical changes
Most substances affect the user’s metabolism and appetite. They will either gain or cut weight suddenly. Other signs that you are likely to notice as they continue using them include;
- Pinpoint Pupils
- Nasal congestion
- Frequent nose bleeding
- Sore marks on the skin
- Bloodshot eyes
- Extreme dullness
- Poor personal hygiene
Different drugs will affect the body differently. However, if the drastic change is out of the blue, that may cause concern.
3. withdrawal from family and friends
Drug- or alcohol addicts tend to withdraw from their loved ones. In their effort to hide the abuse or consume the substance in private, they will avoid crowds. For instance, if you are hosting a party, someone addicted to alcohol will avoid the gathering as they do not want people to see their drinking get out of hand. Also, someone addicted may prioritize the substance they are using over spending time with friends and family. When invited to social events, they will turn them down in favour of using drugs. This can get confusing as you will not realize why a loved one is withdrawn.
4. constant financial trouble
People experience financial challenges from time to time. However, individuals using drugs or alcohol can undergo a sudden and unexplainable financial loss. Since they need to keep using drugs or alcohol, even when they cannot afford to pay for them, they will be in constant debt. They will choose to pay for substance, overpaying house bills. They may also borrow or steal money from their loved ones or even drugs.
5. experience withdrawal symptoms
When an addict stays for a while without using it, they are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms. While they may try to hide the symptoms, they are noticeable. Such symptoms include:
- Nausea and Fatigue
- Challenges in sleeping
- Muscle aches or pains
- Flu-like symptoms
- Excessive sweating
- Clammy sweating
The more serious addiction is, the more serious the withdrawal symptoms will be!
6. loss of interest in things they loved
When one is using drugs, a large part of one’s time will be spent consuming alcohol or using drugs. In return, this gives them very little time for their hobbies. If one enjoyed dancing, they would prefer to spend that time doing drugs. Also, they might just want to isolate themselves and stay in the house all day rather than meet people. If you notice such an unexplainable change, talk to your loved one about it.
7. being secretive
It is hard for an addict to admit they have a problem. They will try to hide it for as long as possible. Even when you ask questions, they might turn fidgety and avoid answering them. This change of behaviour could indicate there is a problem. Different individuals will exhibit different signs. A user may show only three of four signs, while another one will display all of them. However, if you note any of those signs, approach your loved one and discuss ways they can get help.
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