Addiction isn’t something that only the one abusing drugs experiences. It is something experienced by the entire family. Family members will often feel a tremendous amount of grief, loss, anger, fear and frustration stemming from a loved one’s addiction.
The following are signs that someone you love may have a problem with drugs:
- Presence of drug paraphernalia
This may include razors, small plastic baggies, pipes, spoons, foil, prescription pill bottles and straws. If you find any of these items, seek professional help.
- Flu-like symptoms
Nausea, cold sweats and muscle aches are signs of withdrawal. If your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be because they have run out of drugs or are attempting to detox themselves.
- Erratic behavior
This can include uncharacteristic behavior, paranoia, violent outbursts or bizarre stories that attempt to hide drug use. Drug use can also disrupt normal sleeping patterns—if someone you care about is up all night or always seems tired and is “nodding out,” they may have a problem with drugs. Anxiety and/or depression are also signs of addiction.
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
For an addict, drugs become the primary focus. Addicts will lose interest in things—hobbies, friends, work, school, plans for the future—that don’t involve drugs.
- Legal or Financial Issues
Legal and financial problems are often a more obvious sign of drug abuse. If someone you care about is always broke or asking to borrow money or cannot seem to keep a job, drugs could be to blame.
What to Do if You Think Someone You Love has a Problem with Drugs
When someone you love has a problem with drugs, you probably feel entirely helpless. Addiction is classified by the American Medical Association as a disease, and, as with any disease, you want to seek professional help. If your loved one admits that he or she has a problem and expresses interest in getting help, it is best to act quickly and get them into treatment as soon as possible.
If your loved one refuses to go into drug treatment, a professional interventionist can help plan an intervention and work with you and your family to convince your loved one to enter into a recovery program.
There is a Solution is an intervention referral and treatment placement service that helps addicts and their families get the help they need. Our goal is to help guide you and your family during this difficult and often chaotic time. Call us today at 1-800-832-5250 to learn more about how we can help you.