Identifying an addiction in a loved one can be harder than it seems. You may feel some denial when thinking that a loved one has a problem. It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease, not a choice. The first step to getting your loved one help is recognizing the signs. According to HealthLine, here are some of the general signs of addiction:
- Lack of control, or inability to stay away from a substance or behavior
- Decreased socialization, like abandoning commitments or ignoring relationships
- Ignoring risk factors, like sharing needles despite potential consequences
- Physical effects, like withdrawal symptoms or needing higher dosage for effect
While someone without an addiction may be able to recognize these signs, someone with an addiction may not be able to do that. They may also be in denial about their addiction, or they may try to justify their behavior so that they do not have to deal with reducing their use of drugs or alcohol. They may tend to isolate themselves so that they are able to continue using and are able to suppress suspicions from loved ones. Changes in mood are also most likely going to happen to someone dealing with an addiction.
There are, however, signs at the beginning of an addiction that can be noticed before the addiction becomes advanced. According to HealthLine, here are some of the early signs of an addiction:
- Family history of addiction
- Being particularly drawn to an activity or substance
- Seeking out situation where the substance or activity is present
- Episodes of binging or loss of control with little to no feelings of remorse after
At the beginning stages of an addiction, it may be difficult for you to notice the subtle changes in a loved one’s addiction. If these signs continue and are not treated properly, the addiction can become full-blown. Looking for changes in personality, health, and consequences are also a way to spot an addiction.
At Pinnacle Recovery, we have many different addiction programs. These include programs for alcohol addiction, drug addiction, sex addiction, and behavioral addiction. If you think your loved one is struggling with an addiction, reach out to Pinnacle Recovery for more information. Our staff is trained to spot addictions as soon as possible. We know what you are going through. We want to help you achieve recovery and sobriety. Reach out to Pinnacle Recovery today at 1-866-301-0573. We cannot wait to hear from you.