1. Denial of Drug or Alcohol Addiction
You may notice secretive or suspicious behaviors if you suspect someone you know is experiencing alcohol or drug misuse. They may have alcohol hidden around the house, or whenever you suggest doing something together, they immediately mention an activity involving drinking or taking drugs. However, the second you ask them about their alcohol or drug use, they shut down or outright deny having a problem.
This denial of alcohol or drug abuse could indicate an addiction. Individuals misusing substances will typically deny their addiction or do drugs secretly to avoid questions from loved ones.
2. Changes in Behavior
A person struggling with addiction will often exhibit changes in their behavior or mood. For example, drug users may find falling asleep without drugs difficult, leading to increased doses or stealing others’ prescription drugs. Sudden mood swings can also occur. A person may feel depressed one day but energetic the next.
Other behavioral warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse include:
- Increased irritability
- Unexplained absences
- Social isolation or withdrawal
- Lack of motivation
- Issues at work or school
- Secretive behavior
- Trouble upholding commitments or responsibilities
3. Loss of Control
If you no longer feel like you’re in control of your drug use, this may be a sign you’re struggling with drug addiction. Taking larger doses for the same effect as before, experiencing drug cravings and continuing to use drugs even if they lead to negative consequences are big warning signs of misusing drugs.
People who keep doing drugs or drinking may not do it because they want to. Being addicted to a substance makes quitting extremely hard because of the withdrawal symptoms that may happen if they do. Professional treatment can help one get off alcohol or drugs through detox. Then when the drug wears off, proceed to inpatient or outpatient rehab to prevent relapse safely.
4. Relationship Problems
Addiction can cause conflict with others at home, work or school. Family members or friends may become frustrated or angry seeing their loved one continue using drugs even though it harms them. A person with an addiction may also become less interested in family members or friends, becoming more withdrawn and losing contact with people.
The physical effects of taking drugs or excessively drinking can also make it hard to concentrate at work or school, leading to complaints from colleagues or termination, depending on the severity of your behavior.
It is with noting that keeping in touch will help those who have alcohol or drug use problems. Family and friends play an integral role as one of many support groups during the addiction treatment process. The involvement of a family member can have a significant positive impact on the effectiveness of addiction recovery.