Could your parent or spouse be suffering from prescription drug abuse? Knowing how to recognize the signs of substance abuse can help you seek treatment for a loved one before he suffers more physical and emotional damage to himself and others. Prescription drugs can induce a myriad of effects on users from mania to confusion to fatigue. However, you can often detect similar patterns in behavior regardless of the nature of the drug. For instance, if a loved one seems excessively defensive about his prescription drug usage, he may have an abuse problem. An insistence that he must see more physicians for the purpose of getting additional drugs is another indication of chemical dependency. Should he experience abrupt changes in demeanor, it could be the effects of his stimulants or depressants as well.
Las Encinas Hospital can help you find compassionate care for an addicted friend or family member. Our Pasadena addition treatment center offers specialized substance abuse services for those in need. To speak with an associate about our addiction treatment options, call (888) 348-2165.