Identifying the Signs of Addiction
We never want to believe that addiction can affect us or the people we love. Whether it’s denial, uncertainty, fear or confusion, loved ones of addicts are often delayed in intervening in their loved ones’ substance abuse. One of the most common impediments to early action is the inability to recognize the signs of substance abuse. The tragic reality of drug and alcohol abuse is that it can occur right in our homes and in our midst without us even noticing. It’s important to remember that each person’s symptoms are unique, there are a few common indicators of a serious problem.
Physical Signs of Addiction
The physical signs of addiction become very difficult to ignore as substance abuse persists. While exact symptoms vary, depending upon the scope and severity of substance abuse, some of the more common signs include:
- Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
- Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
- Withdrawal symptoms
If you or someone you care about are experiencing these changes, it’s critical that you get the help you need immediately to avoid further damage to the body.
Behavioral Signs of Addiction
Just as there are certain universal physical indicators of substance abuse and chemical dependency, there are also some behavioral signs of which loved ones should be aware. Like biological symptoms, these behavioral and psychological issues are contingent upon the frequency and history of substance abuse. Some of the more common of these signs often include:
- Constant preoccupation with addiction
- Depression and anxiety
- Hallucinations and delirium
- Sudden irritability
- Marked changes in mood and disposition
These signs are likely to get more severe the longer substance abuse persists and can very easily create a permanent and lasting psychosis. The impact of drug and alcohol addiction on the brain can take years to reverse if it goes on long enough. This is why it’s important to mitigate any damage and intervene as quickly as possible.
I’ve Identified a Problem…What Should I Do Now?
When it is finally determined that you or your loved one are suffering from addiction, it’s important to take action as quickly as possible to prevent lasting, and possibly life-changing damage. This includes seeking professional treatment, including detoxification, withdrawal management and rehabilitation. There are a variety of treatment models from which patients can choose, including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient, long-term and many others. Whether you’re on the brink of addiction and need outpatient treatment or have been battling chemical dependency for years and need something more in-depth and long-term, the important thing is to get the help you need immediately.
Don’t Let Denial Stop You from Getting Help
You have the power to take your life back from drugs or alcohol today. . Don’t let addiction ruin your life. Quench the Thirst is ready to guide you or your loved toward quality drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Call us today at 855-781-8870.