When it comes to issues of addiction, most addicts will never be able to identify it therefore it’s up to the people around them to be able to spot the signs and try to help them through rehabilitation. Without paying attention, some of these signs will first present themselves subtly and by the time they start becoming pronounced, the addiction will be full blown.
In this article, we are going to share with you four tips on how to tell if someone close to you has an addiction problem. This is a general article that will apply to any form of addiction.
Tip 1: If they openly lie about their addiction
People who fall victim to addiction and are aware that the can’t function without the drug or substance they are addicted to will often openly lie about the presence of the addiction either to prevent those close to them from intervening or because they are in denial. It’s therefore a good idea for you to seek professional help for your loved one when you notice them openly lying about their addiction.
Tip 2: Experiencing extreme mood swings
Whenever a person takes a drug or substance they are addicted to, it will often lift their moods and even make them extra hyper. However, once the effects wear out, they will experience extreme lows becoming very irritable and angry and sometimes even violent. The moment you notice such extremes in their moods and you are sure there are no events in their life that would have elicited such mood swings, then it’s time to get them professional help.
Tip 3: The onset of health problems related to addiction
Most drugs and substances that are abused will often have toxic effects on the body especially if they are taken in high quantities. They will therefore start straining organs in the body that are meant to clear them out and some may end up making their way to the brain. A person is likely to start experiencing mental problems, problems with their liver, heart and even kidneys. The moment you notice these, you must prioritise treatment followed by rehabilitation for the person.
Tip 4:Experiencing problems at work, school or socially
Addicts will always do very extreme things as they seek to satisfy their craving. This could include skipping work or school, not showing up to important family obligations, spending money meant for important stuff and so on. Such things will always put them at odds with those around them. If you notice such tendencies creeping in with someone close to you then they are likely struggling with an addiction and it’s time you intervened.
There are of course many other signs that will point out to a person being addicted but these are the most common. It’s generally advisable that when you notice addition tendencies in someone close to you, ensure that you seek professional help and this includes rehabilitation services.
It’s the proliferation of drugs and substances among the poor populace in some of the underdeveloped nations in the Middle East and Asia that motivates organizations like Cambodia Trust, working through volunteers to engage in interventions aimed at fighting addiction through emphasizing on rehabilitation of addicts. We welcome you to share with us your experiences with drug, alcohol or substance abuse.