Signs of Addiction
- Unordinary Sleep Schedule: Addicts and alcoholics seek an escape from life. As the rest of the world continues with normal day-to-day activities, those struggling with addiction crave relief and complete withdrawal from those around them. Many young people in active addiction will be using during the day, often sleeping or passing out throughout the daylight hours. As a result, they will find themselves awake at odd hours of the night. If your loved one is sleeping throughout the day and awake at night, it is a sign that he or she may be struggling with substance abuse.
- Inability to Manage Money: Active addiction is an expensive lifestyle that requires constant liquid cash to feed the cravings. As the drugs burn, so does the cash. Individuals in active addiction will pursue the next dollar until the end of the earth. Has your loved one asked you for some money, even though they asked you the week before? Is your loved one working a full time job, but seems unable to pay his/her own bills? If your loved one experiences regular financial instability, it is a sign that he or she may be struggling.
- Isolation and Depression: While actively using, those struggling with addiction do not want to be around others. In a perfect world, active addicts will be able to use as much as they want without any disruption from the outside world, particularly from those they care about. If your loved one is spending excessive amounts of time alone, and is exhibiting bouts of depression, it may be a sign that something else is at play.
- Difficulty Holding Down a Job: Addicts and alcoholics are discontent with their lives and with the people who surround them. It is not uncommon for addicts to switch between jobs in a quest to find “the perfect match.” In addition, if someone is actively using, they are often late for work, inattentive, and an all-around unacceptable employee. If your loved one cannot hold down a job, there may be something going on under the surface.
- Dilated Pupils: A common side effect of alcohol and drug abuse is a dilation of the pupils. Many addicts may know this, so don’t be surprised if they try to avoid eye contact with you or hide their face. If you notice a consistent trend of dilated pupils, or your loved one refuses to make eye contact with you, it may be an indicator that something is going on.
Please note: each of these signs are not mutually exclusive. That is, just because your loved one cannot manage money, does not mean that they are addicted to drugs. Be vigilant and if several of these signs are prevalent, it is time to start asking questions. If you observe these signs, and are unsure how to approach your loved one, please give us a call and we would be happy to assist you in the intervention process.
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