If your loved one has started acting differently or looks different, they could be addicted to drugs or alcohol. But how do you know if they are? We’ll provide information on the physical, social, and mental signs that your loved one may have a problem with drugs and alcohol.
Physical Symptoms of Addiction
The physical symptoms of addiction can include:
A high tolerance for the substance
Particularly with alcoholism, if someone drinks or uses more to obtain the same result, they may be addicted.
Symptoms of withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms may start when an addict stops taking the drug and can be deadly without proper medical care. There may be mood changes, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, shaking, bowel movements, constipation, perspiration, delusions, and convulsions.
Some illicit substances cause red eyes, or users may develop them after they stop.
Changing eating habits due to drugs and alcohol taking priority over food can result in malnourishment and weight loss.
Methamphetamine or crack abuse can cause scabs, rashes, or scars on the skin. Abusing alcohol can cause hepatitis, yellow skin, and eyes.
Odors or smells from the body that are new or unusual
New or strange odors may indicate hygiene problems or residue from a substance. A strong, lingering smell results from smoking marijuana or making meth.
Social Signs of Addiction
The social signs of addiction can include:
Drug and alcohol dependence can make getting one more “high” the priority over other duties.
People with addictions often ignore loved ones out of guilt, or because they are too drunk. In addition, they may spend more time with others who abuse substances.
Substance abuse is risky by itself and can lead to dangerous or criminal behaviors such as driving under the influence, exchanging needles, or theft.
Trouble with the law
A sudden increase in tickets or court attendance may indicate a more serious problem.
Getting caught in a lie is an easy way for a loved one to discover there’s a problem. To protect their substance abuse, addicts may change the subject rapidly or lie directly about their location or activities.
Problems with finances
Addictions cost a lot to maintain. It costs more than one single-family income to stay addicted to many substances. An addiction may involve borrowing money continuously, liquidating assets, or making sudden financial changes.
Mental Signs of Addiction
The mental signs of addiction include:
Alcohol and drug abuse are associated with mood disorders. You should consider substance abuse if your loved one is experiencing mood swings or no longer participates in activities he or she used to enjoy.
In addition to making users feel stressed, withdrawal symptoms are also likely to cause anxiety. Some users are concerned about getting more of a particular substance or being caught and punished for using it.
Addiction can affect self-image. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can lead to low self-esteem and low confidence.
Frustration or anger
The effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain can result in a lot of frustration or anger. An uncharacteristic fit of rage may indicate substance abuse. That’s what you need to know about the physical, social, and mental signs that your loved one needs to be in a drug treatment program. If you see these signs, contact us to find out how we can help your loved one with their drug problem. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day and can tell you how you can help your loved one get the help they need to overcome their drug or alcohol problem. That way, they can live a drug and alcohol-free life. Call us at 833-680-0165.