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Identifying Subtle Signs of Addiction

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Are you worried about a loved one? Do you suspect that he is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction? Individuals with addiction issues often take steps to hide their behavior from friends and family. However, if a loved one has this problem, you may be able to detect it by observing the following subtle signs.

Recluse Tendencies

In their attempts to conceal their addiction, some people may physically withdraw from situations so as to avoid the questions and concerns of those that love them. For instance, an addict may suddenly decline to attend the birthday parties and other gatherings of good friends. A family member may spend an inordinate amount of time in his bedroom. To spend more time getting high or attaining drugs, addicts may also skip activities in which they once participated. Attending class, working out at the gym, or going to church may no longer be part of a loved one’s life if he is addicted to drugs.

Mood Swings

Stimulants, depressants, and opioids can each produce noticeable mood changes in those that abuse them. These drugs may lead to unprovoked bouts of irritability, sadness, paranoia, and anger. If a loved one often appears upset or depressed for no apparent reason, it may be due to the use of drugs or alcohol.

Physical Changes

If you are concerned that a loved one may be abusing drugs, observe their appearance to detect abnormal physical traits. A common side effect of many drugs is dilated pupils. Stimulants can also suppress appetite, which may cause a friend or family member to rapidly lose weight. If a loved one suffers from a heroin addiction or other dependency that promotes intravenous usage, you may notice injection marks in their arms. Methamphetamine addiction can produce extensive tooth decay and skin lesions.

Don’t ignore the signs of addiction. If you are observing behavioral, emotional, or physical changes in a loved one, call Las Encinas Hospital at (888) 348-2165. Our Pasadena chemical dependency treatment programs can provide the professional assistance your friend or family member needs to overcome addiction.