Warning signs in our loved ones are prevalent even if we don’t see them at first. It’s important to know these warning signs so that you can urge your loved one to get help when they need it. They may be in denial, but you can see clearly for them. It’s important to help them reach out for the help they deserve, even if they don’t think they do. There are obviously ebbs and flows to every person, but taking note of the key fluctuations in mood, behavior, and patterns is important in being able to notice an addiction. Here are five things to look out for if you think your loved one is suffering from an addiction.
This may be the first sign that someone you love is suffering from an addiction. If they never drank or used before, but they drink and/or use extensively now, they may be forming an addiction. If they did use before, but at a lighter pace than they do now, this also may be a sign that an addiction may be forming. You may notice that they are depending on drugs or alcohol to mask the pain they are feeling in other areas of their lives. This is important to take note of.
There may be extensive sadness or extreme mania due to increased drug or alcohol use. These moods may often be unpredictable. Don’t write them off as being moody. This is a sign they may be using and abusing a substance, leading to an addiction.
Changes in sleeping patterns
Maybe your loved one has been sleeping an extreme amount, or maybe they aren’t sleeping at all. Either one of these changes in sleeping patterns may be an indicator that they are abusing a substance, causing these patterns to change.
Avoidance and isolation
Your loved one may be spending more and more time alone. This may be a sign that they are using drugs and beginning to avoid their loved ones. They may be distancing themselves not only from you but from activities that they used to enjoy. Their interest in these activities may be waning. This is also a sign of substance use.
Suicidal thoughts are very serious and should be taken seriously. If your loved one is talking about death or making plans, call the suicide prevention hotline right away: 1-800-273-8255. Seek immediate help as soon as possible for your loved one.
Pinnacle Recovery is here for your loved one in their time of need. Call our trained and experienced addiction staff today at 1-866-301-0573. We cannot wait to hear from you and make a difference in your loved one’s life.