The fear that someone you love may have a drug or alcohol dependency problem can be a terrifying and isolating feeling, and you most likely have a host of questions about identifying and addressing the problem. Below are some common warning signs drug users may display as they spiral toward addiction. Symptoms can vary based on the drugs being abused and it is important to remember that these behaviors do not necessarily mean that a drug problem exists; in fact, these behaviors could also be connected to other problems, including depression. If you are concerned someone you love has a drug problem, the best thing to do is seek support and advice from a professional to help confirm if a problem exists. Physical Signs
- Unusual changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
- Sudden weight loss or gain.
- Impaired coordination or tremors.
- Deterioration in personal grooming habits. Based on the drug(s) being used, this may include unusual smells on breath, body or clothing.
- Lack of motivation, including a drop in attendance and/or performance at work or school.
- Unexplained financial issues.
- Isolation and withdraw, which may include engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
- Sudden changes in friends or hangouts.
- Sudden changes in attitude and/or personality, including acting unusually fearful, anxious or paranoid.
- Sudden outbursts or mood swings.
As painful as it may be to admit that someone you love has a drug problem, your recognition and involvement could be the first step to get them on the path to recovery. Professional support is available to help you address the problem and identify appropriate treatment options. At The Ranch PA Rehab Center, we understand when someone struggling with addiction makes the courageous decision to enter treatment, their lives and the lives of their family and friends are impacted in profound ways. We believe that personal connections are an important part of the recovery process and strive to assure significant others and families feel nurtured and connected. (photo via)