Drug and alcohol addictions can affect an individual physically and psychologically. If you suspect that a friend or a family member is suffering with substance abuse disorder, it’s important to recognize the signs so that you can assist them in accessing the help they require. Identifying a drug or alcohol issue can be hard to do as each person may display unique warning signs. Here are four signs to look out for if you suspect your friend or a loved one needs help.
People who struggle with addictive disease will develop an intense desire for a drug or alcoholic beverage of choice. It may be the only thing they want to talk about, or they will find a way to mention their drug of choice in each conversation you have. Psychologically, an addicted person may feel they are on the verge of a nervous breakdown if they are unable to obtain this substance. In severe physical cases, an addicted person who doesn’t have access to drugs or alcohol may display symptoms of withdrawal (i.e. shaking, nausea, cold sweats, dizziness), which can lead to serious health complications.
One sign that could indicate a friend or family is suffering from drug addiction is their tendency to isolate from all social interactions. Isolation is common for a person with substance use disorder that wishes to keep their disease a secret from their family members and closest friends. Isolation can result in an overwhelming sense of anxiety or depression, which can lead to an increase in drug or alcohol consumption.
Drug and alcohol addictions have the potential to drain money out of one’s bank account entirely. This can cause someone to neglect their other financial responsibilities. Many people who suffer with substance use and addiction may experience extreme debt, bankruptcy, or may end up homeless if they are unable to provide for themselves financially.
Individuals that are addicted to similar drugs tend to hang out with each other. Knowing your loved one or friend, keep an eye on the people they are hanging around with. Is their friendship based around the sale, distribution or use of drugs and alcohol? While their new ‘friend’ isn’t a bad person, relationships formulated around drug and alcohol use may make it easier for your loved one to access drugs and alcohol.
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many people to self-isolate and quarantine inside their homes. While this is for the greater good, this situation can be troubling for those struggling and recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Especially for people who rely on essential group services like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Reach out to your friends and family and ensure they are taking care of themselves during these trying times. For more information, contact Recovery Care.