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Signs That Someone is Struggling With Addiction

by on Thursday, April 29th, 2021

signs of addiction

When someone you love is struggling with addiction, you may be inclined to ignore the signs and live in denial. After all, admitting that your loved one is in pain and needs help can be challenging to accept. However, ignoring the signs will only make things worse. By understanding the common signs and symptoms of addiction, you can be sure that your loved one is genuinely struggling and thus take the proper steps to help them seek treatment.

Acting Secretive

Individuals that struggle with addiction are often aware that what they are doing is wrong. However, they don’t want to be confronted, so they will typically engage in deceptive and secretive behaviors to keep loved ones off their backs. This behavior can look like not telling you where they are going, never revealing the extent of their activities, or brushing off questions.

Lying and Stealing

Addiction can cause people to do things they usually would never do if they were sober. They may engage in actions such as lying and stealing as a means of enabling their addiction to continue. Instead of dodging questions, they may lie to you in an attempt to make things seem okay. They may also steal money from you to financially support their addiction.

Different Friend Groups

A strong inclination that someone is struggling with addiction can be found in the people they hang out with. If you begin to notice your loved one changing their friend group and spending more time with bad influences, it could be cause for concern.

Changes in Hygiene and Appearance

When addiction takes hold, everyday priorities take a backseat, including basic hygiene. Your loved one may begin not to shower as often, have unruly hair, and not brush their teeth. Their appearance may also appear unkempt as they focus all of their energy on finding and consuming drugs.

Drug Paraphernalia

One of the most common signs that someone struggles with drug addiction is drug paraphernalia on their person or personal room or house. You can notice this by simply laying eyes on the paraphernalia and seeing if they have large amounts of it.

Living in denial about a loved one having an addition is all too easy and understandably so. You don’t want to admit that your loved one struggles with a chronic disease that wreaks havoc on their life. However, seeing the signs with your own eyes can confirm that they need your help. Restorations Therapy wants to educate the loved ones of those with addictions on the signs and symptoms of the disease in an attempt to bring healing faster to those that need it. Call us today at (720) 446-6585 to learn more about our programs.

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