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What Signs Tell Your Loved One is an Addict?

When a loved one is having problems and begins to act differently, others can become worried and concerned about them.  Trying to help the individual is the first reaction. Confronting the problem and asking questions can lead to confrontation.  The individual could push people away and begin to isolate themselves. The first signs of addiction can be secrecy and isolation.  Other signs of substance abuse will slowly begin to show.

Addicts tend to hide the use of drugs and alcohol for fear of judgment.  The focus of the person is the drug of choice. Life begins to revolve around how to obtain and use the substances.  The rest of his or her life will start to unimportant. Mood swings, paranoia, self-care, and work or studies are affected.  The cycle of addiction will tear an individual down.

The addict will start to lie and scheme around family and friends.  Stealing money and not showing up to events will continue to impair relationships.  Defensive communication will develop. Change in behaviors, irritation, and anger push more and more people away.  Loneliness doesn’t seem to bother the individual at first until depression and substance abuse become worse.

Mood swings will continue to become more frequent.  The addict will have altered sleeping and eating habits.  The lack of self-care can enhance the mood and behavior even more.  Anger and aggression build when the substance becomes more difficult to obtain.  Time and money will run out, advancing the negative emotions.

The body becomes dependent on the substances.  Withdrawal symptoms become apparent in the body.  Depending on the drug of choice, the addict can lose weight, have pale or yellowed skin, and pupils can change size.  Hair and nails are brittle. Rotting teeth and bad breath is a sign of meth use. Picking or itching at the skin will leave marks.  The continued lack of personal hygiene will persist, only making the appearance worse.

Signs of drug addiction are also withdrawal symptoms.  Shakes, fatigue, nausea, and short or rapid breathing continue to worsen.  The addict will seem lazy and lethargic. Missing school or work will make life spiral out of control.  Addiction will have complete power over the person. The addict will no longer care for themselves or others.  Loved ones will need to intervene, or have an intervention, for the individual to understand the issue. Without help, the addict will persist on a negative lifestyle and possibly result in death.

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