Signs and Symptoms
Other Signs and Addiction Behaviors that you should also be aware of:
Your loved one may be experiencing some or all of the following:
Health problems. From liver issues to increased blood pressure, substance abuse can cause a wide range of short- and long-term health problems. If your loved one has begun to suffer the negative physical effects of abusing drugs or alcohol, it’s time for help.
Relationship problems. Has your relationship with your loved one become strained? Have you watched your love one lose their relationships with their kids, their spouse or important friendships? Have they stopped attending family gatherings and events without alcohol available? Then your loved one needs rehab.
Missing work or school. Some individuals can still perform work and school responsibilities while they are under the influence. You might call them a “functioning alcoholic,” for example. However, as things worsen, the individual eventually starts to struggle with keeping up and loses their job, or their attendance and grades slip. If your loved one has suddenly stopped taking care of their responsibilities, they need help.
Increased psychological issues. In addition to the physical damage drug abuse does to the body, addiction can cause mental issues as well. Addicts might display rapid mood shifts or act irritable for no apparent reason. They may have anxiety. If they do have a serious mental issue, that can be addressed and treated alongside the addiction.
Wants to quit, but can’t. Not everyone who wants to quit can. Sometimes the individual has a real desire to stop using, but every time they try, they fail. This doesn’t make them a failure; it simply means they are past the point of overcoming the addiction on their own. This is when you know it’s time for professional treatment.