Your loved one may be in danger. You do not know much about addiction, but you do know that someone in your life is behaving unusually. Perhaps your friend or family member is taking more risks, losing control, or simply acting suspiciously. Your loved one may have an addiction that is causing those behavioral changes.
If you are worried about your loved one, here are the signs and symptoms to look for when it comes to addiction. Pay close attention and see if your loved one may need helping recovering from addiction.
Whether it’s your best friend or a member of your family, you know them well. You know how they like to spend their time, and where they like to go. However, now you hardly know what they are up to. Abusing drugs and/or alcohol is not a proud activity. Your loved one may feel ashamed and would rather do these things in secrecy than to make you aware of them. Moreover, using drugs can often cause law-breaking. It is not something you want to bring attention to. As a result, there is suspicious activity, and you need to do some research to see if this suspicious activity may center around substance abuse. You can see if the other signs and symptoms of addiction below are present. From there, you should try to talk to your loved one and help them find the help they need.
Risky Behavior is Present
Whether or not your loved one was already a reckless individual, addiction can cause an increase of risky behavior. When addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you will try almost anything to get what you need to keep your high. You may not be able to think as clearly or rational as you once did. This is what causes the risky behavior. When on the drugs and/or alcohol, severe risks may also be taken.
Control is Spinning Out
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. defines this as “Drinking or drugging more than a person wants to, for longer than they intended, or despite telling themselves that they wouldn’t do it this time.” That is exactly it. Addiction is when control has been lost; when one has gone past their stopping point.
Other Aspects of Life Have Lost Priority
Going to work, paying rent or mortgage, spending time with loved ones, and even buying groceries are all important parts of life. If you want a job to pay your bills, you need to go to work. If you want to have a place to live, you have to pay for it. If you want food, you need to go to the store. These are simple facts of life and things that most of us do regularly to maintain a stable and healthy life. Addiction may cause these activities to lose their importance. When addicted, there is no point in going to work if you would rather be high or drunk. Moreover, hobbies may no longer be pursued. Addiction takes precedence.
Relationships are Struggling
Almost all relationships go through struggles. There are fights and disagreements, but addiction may cause arguments to be more common and extreme. Or, relationships could simply be vanishing due to loss of contact. It takes attention and care to keep a relationship with someone and addiction could be causing some strains. This may be due to other addiction-related behavior such as lack of control and risky behavior. Acting out will cause anyone to question behavior and intent.
Withdrawal Symptoms Come and Go
When someone is going through withdrawal, they can experience nausea, anxiety, depression, vomiting, shakiness, fatigue, headaches, and more. These are scary symptoms, but symptoms that need addressing because they can affect all other aspects of life. Alone, these physical symptoms could be signs of the flu or depression alone, but together with risky behavior, struggling relationships, and other signs, addiction could be taking over the life of your loved one.
If you have seen these signs and symptoms of addiction in your loved one, get help today. Here at Annie’s House, we can help you and your loved one get back to life. Contact us by filling in the message forum here.