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How Can I Recognize An Addiction In Others?

woman worries about husband's signs of addiction

Knowing the warning signs of addiction is important. If a loved one is struggling, you’ll be able to help them get the help they need. You may not see them at first if you don’t know what to look for and they probably won’t tell you either. This is why you must know what to look for. You can help get them the help they deserve, even if they don’t think they need or deserve help. Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to give you five things to look for if you think a loved one is struggling with an addiction.   

Substance Use

This may seem obvious, but it’s the first sign that someone is struggling with something bigger than themselves. If your loved one had never used before but is using now, they may be developing a dependence on alcohol or drugs. If they did use before but are doing even more now, it may be a sign that an addiction is forming. You may also notice that they are using to mask the pain in other areas of their life. It’s important to be on the look-out.   

Changes in Mood

Extensive sadness, extreme mania, or a lot of anxiety can happen when someone is using alcohol or drugs. Their moods may become unpredictable, like the weather. Don’t write your loved on off as being moody as this could be a sign that they are abusing substances. If you find that they are also feeling extremes, they may be using to cover up that pain and, is therefore important to take note of as well.  

Changes in Sleep

People with addictions or co-occurring mental illnesses tend to sleep very much or very little. There often isn’t an in-between. This can be related to substance use or even depression.   

Isolation and Avoidance

If your loved one is canceling plans and spending more and more time alone, this could be a sign that they are using a substance in secrecy. They may begin to avoid you and the ones they love. They may also stop doing things that brought them pleasure so they have the opportunity to use. Substance abuse can do this to a person.   

Suicidal Thoughts

If you suspect that your loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, this is serious and you must take action. Call 911 if you believe they are in immediate danger.   

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you during this difficult time. We can help give you the tools you need to make sure someone you love isn’t struggling. We can also get them help. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We want to speak to you.