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Listen and Know the Signs

Every different human being is at risk of addiction in one way or another.  The disease is very good at masking itself as something else. Change in behaviors and moods can sometimes mean substance abuse, or a teenage phase.  Being educated on mental health first aid and signs of addiction will enable people to become better helpers to those in need. The mental health first aid can give someone a better chance.  When the general public has an understanding of mental health awareness and how to talk someone down from an episode, the fight against addiction changes. Understanding and compassion are the first line of defense.


For teens and young adults, many people in their life will notice changes in behavior.  Actions and reactions are more aggressive when someone is using drugs or alcohol. When addiction is strong, the individual could act very dramatic or eccentric.  Compulsive behaviors and poor decisions put the individual at a greater risk for illness or possible diseases. The negative actions can start to take a toll on strong bonds with friends and family.  

Mood swings

Individuals suffering from addiction will have intense mood swings.  Cravings for the drug of choice will overtake rational decisions. Aggression and irritation mixed with fear and paranoia are a deadly combination.  Isolation, anxiety, and depression are common with addiction. Keeping to themselves and avoiding social situations could be a sign of drug or alcohol use.  

Self-care Habits

Personal hygiene and balance are maintained through self-care habits.  When a loved one starts to ignore common routines of grooming and health, the family should consider an intervention.  People who use drugs and alcohol commonly neglect self-care and have low levels of self-esteem. Signs include body odor, rotting teeth, lack of motivation, irregular sleeping and eating habits.  


When signs and symptoms become aware to family and friends, the individual could need an intervention to understand how the changes and behaviors are affecting those around them.  Loved ones can try to confront the individual. The added support from a professional which commonly handles similar situations, can help the family and the person with an addiction understand the problem better.  Convincing the individual to get treatment could cause more disconnection, although intervention could help the person realize the problem.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of addiction can help support the person with an addiction.  First aid to mental health and getting professional advice will aid friends and family in supporting their loved one.  Resilient House is a treatment center that could give you the support needed to break the chains of addiction. Call 833-change1 (833-242-6431) today to find the help you need.