Recognizing An Addiction
It can be challenging to identify when we or someone we are close to is struggling with addiction. Today, we are going over some of the common signs of addiction. It’s important to recognize someone may be struggling with addiction, yet not exhibit these signs, or exhibit these signs yet not be struggling with addiction. Consult with a medical professional if you are worried someone has these symptoms so the best course of action and possible treatment can be taken.
Unhealthy Drug Use in Family Members
The Mayo Clinic identifies these signs as indicators a family member may be engaging in unhealthy drug use:
- Problems at school or work — frequently missing school or work, a sudden disinterest in school activities or work, or a drop in grades or work performance
- Physical health issues — lack of energy and motivation, weight loss or gain, or red eyes
- Neglected appearance — lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks
- Changes in behavior — exaggerated efforts to bar family members from entering his or her room or being secretive about where he or she goes with friends; or drastic changes in behavior and in relationships with family and friends
- Money issues — sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation; or your discovery that money is missing or has been stolen or that items have disappeared from your home, indicating maybe they’re being sold to support drug use
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
American Addiction Centers identifies these common signs to look for if you are concerned you or a loved one may be struggling with addiction.
- Difficulties at school, disinterest in school-related activities, and declining grades
- Poor work performance, being chronically late to work, appearing tired and disinterested in work duties, and receiving poor performance reviews
- Changes in physical appearance, such as wearing inappropriate or dirty clothing and a lack of interest in grooming
- Altered behavior, such as an increased desire for privacy
- Drastic changes in relationships
- A noticeable lack of energy when performing daily activities
- Spending more money than usual or requesting to borrow money
- Issues with financial management, such as not paying bills on time
- Changes in appetite, such as a decreased appetite and associated weight loss
- Bloodshot eyes, poor skin tone, and appearing tired or run down
- Defensiveness when asked about substance use
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact RecoverUs Centers by calling 1-618-519-9444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.