Signs Of An Addiction

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by in Addiction

When someone you care about is using alcohol or drugs, it can be a worrisome experience for you.  When you know some signs of an addiction, you will be in a better position to help them.

A person who is addicted is usually defensive about their  behavior.  If you tell them they have a problem, or that they need to seek help, they may become angry and make excuses.  they do not want to hear substance abuse is an issue. 

Second, they cannot easily control their  use of drugs or alcohol.  Addiction is not a matter of weakness or personal choice.  He needs the substance, regardless of the consequences.

Addiction can be present even if you do not witness substance abuse.  One common sign is secrecy.  Instead of a normal desire for privacy, he may be evasive and secretive.  He may become angry if you enter his bedroom or other private spaces.  He may refuse to tell you where he is and what he is doing when he is not at home.  Older addicts can use substances in their cars, secluded areas, and even the rest rooms where they work.

The clearest sign of addiction is change.  When alcohol or drug addiction has taken over your loved one’s life, he will seem different from the person he was in the past.  His behavior, attitudes, and personality will not be the same.  Whether he is aggressive, withdrawn, depressed, or exhibiting mood swings, it should be easy to see he has changed.

No one is immune to addiction.  Anyone in your life who uses harmful substances can develop an addiction.  Regardless of age, gender, or personal situation, it can happen to anyone.

If you see signs of an addiction in a friend, family member, or coworker, do not ignore the problem.  Encourage him to seek help at a rehab facility.  It could save his life.

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