Are you worried there may be something going on beneath the surface?
It is often a family member or friend that first notices when something is wrong with their loved one- suspecting a possible drug or alcohol addiction is no different. It’s important to understand the symptoms and signs behind addiction so that you can provide support for your loved one.
- Have there been problems at school or work? Frequently missing school or work, being disinterested about it, or a drop in performance or grades can point to something else going on in your loved one’s life.
- Has there been a change in appearance or health? Weight loss/gain, a lack of energy, sleeplessness, red eyes, or disinterest in personal appearance are also indicators.
- Have there been money issues? Financial losses, sudden debt, failure to pay bills on time, asking for money, and stealing money can mean a lot of money is going elsewhere.
- Has there been a change in behavior? Sudden personality changes, drastic mood swings, or unusual secrecy about what is happening in their lives can also point to a greater problem.
If you suspect someone you love is struggling with addiction, it’s time to have an honest, compassionate conversation with them. Alcoholism and drug addiction can happen to anyone, and it is important to approach the topic with sensitivity and empathy.