Late nights. Long days sleeping in. Angry outbursts. Secretive behavior.
If you have a loved one that is struggling with substance abuse, you probably already know that something is very wrong.
They seem to have changed before your very eyes, but when you ask them what’s going on, they insist – somewhat aggressively – that everything is fine.
One of the hallmarks of substance abuse and addiction is denial, so unless they break down and ask you for help, how can you tell that they’re struggling?
The signs differ for every person, but here are some major red flags that might signal issues with substance abuse:
- Physical changes
Signs of substance abuse might involve dropping or gaining a lot of weight in a short time period. A change in complexion or personal self-care habits could also signal substance abuse issues.
- Deteriorating attendance and performance at work or school
Calling out “sick” or sleeping through class could be signs of a bigger problem. Responsibilities often fall by the wayside when someone is driven by the need to drink or get high.
- Drug and alcohol paraphernalia
This might sound obvious, but if you find mysterious items around your home, someone under your roof could be struggling with drugs. Seemingly innocent things like tinfoil, spoons, little pieces of wax paper, or plastic baggies can all be signs of drug use.
- Personality changes
If your favorite child suddenly becomes sullen and argumentative, it might be more than just trouble with friends. Drug and alcohol use can practically change someone into an entirely different person.
If you’re seeing some of these signs and are not sure how to move forward with helping your loved one, the staff at Clean Path Behavioral Health is here to help. Contact us today to talk about how you might be able to give your loved one a fresh start on the path to recovery.