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Monday, November 27, 2017

Identifying Addiction in a Loved One

Identifying Addiction in a Loved One


Identifying Addiction in a Loved One


Addiction, although many don’t understand the complexity and severity, is a disease of the mind that causes a person to partake in certain activities despite knowing negative consequences will result.  An addict has lost all ability to control their impulses to use substances because their brain has intense obsessions about it.  Compulsive drug-seeking behavior can cause severe strain to a family structure due to neglect and manipulation.  A person in the depths of addiction is typically prone to lying and refuses to face the fact they may have a problem.  If it is quite apparent your loved one has a substance abuse problem, yet they deny it, that could confirm your suspicions.

Learning the physical symptoms of substance abuse can help you to identify whether your loved one is suffering.  Different drugs cause various effects and withdrawals, so you’ll have to observe and determine which symptoms match best.  However, overall addiction seems to present many of the same self-seeking behaviors.  One of the telltale signs is they attempt to hide their use.  You might find bottles or pipes in inconspicuous place, which is their attempt to hide it from you.  They may start missing work or not wanting to be sociable because all they want to do is use.  Addicts become irritable when they’re not using, so if your loved one appears to have manic episodes, it could be because they’re going up and down between euphoric highs and withdrawals.  

When an addict doesn’t use the substances they’re addicted to, they experience withdrawals.  Symptoms of withdrawal could be severe and life threatening, and may include irritability, depression, sleeping way longer than they should, runny nose, sweating, shaking, anxiety, and severe confusion.  It’s important you don’t blame them for their addiction.  Addiction is a disease, and placing blame may exacerbate the problem and force them to defend themselves and experience deeper shame than they already do.  It would be like blaming a person with heart disease for their dietary choices.  Once you have determined if they have an addiction, it’s important to seek resources for them, but understand they might not be ready.  No one can force an addict to get clean, and if they do, it won’t last long.  They have to want it for it to last.  Approaching them in a loving way and presenting your resources can increase the likelihood of them accepting your offer for a better life.  


The answer to recovery is Simple. Our multi-tiered program is designed to help your loved one find success on a new path in life through school, work, and meaningful volunteering. Structured for progress, clients at Simple Recovery transition seamlessly through each phase of their recovery.

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