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What are Warning Signs Your Loved One Is an Addict?

If you have been noticing some changes in your family member and don’t know what the problem is, there are some telltale signs of addiction. Addressing these behaviors early and seeking treatment is crucial for recovery. If you’re wondering if what you are witnessing is the result of drug or alcohol abuse, the following are common indicators of addiction:

  1. Isolation – Addiction pushes the addict away from people, and eventually, people push away from the addict. If someone has become distant, they may be trying to hide their alcohol or drug use in an attempt to protect the addiction. Feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, and depression also tie into addiction and the pulling away from loved ones.
  2. Dishonesty – Lying is common amongst addicts, and is yet another way the disease protects itself. An individual may lie about where they’ve been, who they’ve been with, or why they’ve been gone for so long.
  3. Secrecy – Addicts will attempt to hide their substance abuse from others, and over time, it becomes more apparent and less manageable. Secrecy is also a form of denial.
  4. Loss of Interest – Addiction takes the joy out of life, and if your loved one has stopped doing the things they once enjoyed, it could be a red flag.
  5. Irritability – Being addicted to any substance is exhausting. It is an internal fight that has external consequences. It is no surprise that a person would be easy to anger with this deadly battle going on inside.
  6. Manipulative behaviors – Addicts and alcoholics are master manipulators. The disease of addiction is about survival, and they will do or say anything to keep the addiction going. They may try to get money from you, tell you they’re doing something when they’re not, they may say they’re still in school or going to work when neither is true, and so on.

If any of these behaviors sound familiar, the issue must be addressed. Remain supportive, do not pass judgment, and be sure to correctly assess whether they have a substance abuse disorder. Seeking professional help is the most effective way to handle the situation so that your loved one can get the help they need.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431