Understanding drug and alcohol addiction can help you as a family member or parent be a constructive part of the recovery process. Still in the back of your mind you ask yourself, was there more I could have done, is there something I should have looked for? Actually there is — and while these are not surefire signs of alcohol or drug abuse, these are “typical” indicators.
The difference between being constantly worried about spotting these signs and being aware when they’re happening is the difference between trusting the individual is making the right choices in life and realizing that they might be in a downward spiral into addiction and need help. Everyone at Benchmark Recovery Center has been in this situation and can relate to the surprise and shock a parent or loved one feels when they realize their child or relative is an addict. Hopefully, being able to notice some early warning signs might help them sooner rather than later.
Addiction Habits And Signs – At School
This is just a small compilation of signs and individually may not have anything to do with drugs. As a parent or relative you have to put everything into perspective and get the full picture before making a judgment.
- Loss of interest in hobbies, sports
- School grades have declined dramatically
- Difficult time concentrating on tasks
- Truancy and tardiness to school or a job
- Has anyone told you that your child is using drugs?
- Hostile, disrespectful, untruthful, and uncooperative
- An increase in borrowing money from friends
- Sudden change in friends, numerous secretive phone calls
If someone is the opposite of this then there should be cause for concern. Simply losing interest in hobbies for example, may just mean they are growing out of those activities and want to move on to something else. But combined with many of these other signs could provide a solid indication of trouble.
In the school environment there is the advantage of having peers and educators who may also take note of this behavior and inform you. At home the indicators may be a bit more challenging to spot because of fragmented schedules and not as much time together as a family.
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Habits And Signs – At Home
- Change in sleeping patterns, up all-night or sleeping all day
- Withdrawn, depressed, tired, careless, or manipulative
- Money is missing from the household
- Physical health has declined, bloodshot eyes, bulging veins, runny nose
- Dramatic mood swings
- Missing prescription drugs, cold medicines, alcohol, aerosol containers in the home
- Increased secrecy about possessions or activities
- Personal hygiene has deteriorated
- Dramatic weight loss
- Finding drug paraphernalia hidden in the home, pipes, rolling papers, eye drops, butane lighters, soft drink containers made in to pipes, etc.
- Use of room deodorant or incense in their room
- Physically abusive, aggressive, punching holes in walls, etc.
Once more, some of these signs by themselves may be related to some other issue unrelated to drugs but combined these behaviors form a pattern that is directly related to drug abuse. Rather than confront and blame, there are less abrasive and effective ways to approach an individual who has become an addict. Let Benchmark Recovery Center help you learn how to deal with this situation and how to get your loved one back on the road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.