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What Are Signs of Abuse?

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The signs of substance abuse may not always be clear when we are looking at someone we love. We may think, “They would never abuse a substance, that’s not like them.” The truth is this: addiction doesn’t discriminate. It can take control of those we love, regardless of race, gender, social status, or anything else. You can help your loved one take control of their addiction, though. It may be a long and difficult road, but it’s worth it. To help them, however, you must know what the signs are so you can look for them. Acknowledging that there’s an issue is the first step. Keep in mind that you yourself cannot fix someone’s addiction, but you can help them through it.  

Signs of Abuse

Here are some major signs from that someone is abusing a substance:  

  • Impaired speech and motor coordination 
  • Bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in physical appearance or person hygiene
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Changes in mood or disinterest in engaging in relationships or activities


Negative Consequences of Abuse

Once you know the signs of abuse, you can help make sure they do not fall victim to some of the negative consequences of abuse. These things can happen once a person has been abusing substances for a while. Here are some of the negative consequences of abuse:  

  • Physical health deteriorates
  • Mental health deteriorates
  • Major debt
  • Loss of job
  • Relationships suffer
  • Legal issues 


How Arbor Behavioral Health can help

We offer many programs for those suffering from substance use. These programs can be tailored to your loved one’s situation. Here are some of the programs we offer:  

  • Residential/inpatient treatment for men and women
  • Long-term care for men and women
  • Transitional support for men and women
  • Intensive outpatient treatment for adults
  • Sober living homes for men and women
  • Relapse prevention/recovery coaching
  • Lifetime support for graduates
  • Support for families and individuals impacted by addiction


Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here for you and your loved one during their recovery from substance use. We can help make this a safe and healthy transition. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you started with us today. Call now.