8 Tell Tale Signs Your Friend Or Loved One Is Struggling With Addiction

People who are struggling with addiction often try very hard to hide their addiction. But if you know what to look for you can see the telltale signs of addiction.

Addicts try to hide their problem and are often the last to admit that they have a problem. The first step to being able to help your loved one is identifying the signs of addiction. Following are eight of the most commons signs of addiction.

Mood Swings – One classic sign of addiction is mood swings. Addicts often go through subtle changes in personality and lifestyle in the early stages of addiction. As the addictions get stronger, the changes in lifestyle and personality may grow more pronounced. Symptoms of depression, lethargy, anxiety, irritability and moodiness may be present. Wild mood swings may also be present where the person goes from deep depression to extreme euphoria.

Isolation – Isolation is one of the classic signs of addiction. Addicts may participate in activities with other people, but withdraw emotionally or they may physically isolate themselves by going off alone. They may escape to a quiet room at home or they may take long trips away from home.

Loss of Interest – When a person becomes addicted, they may lose interest in activities and hobbies that they have participated in for a long time. They may quit playing sports that they have previously enjoyed. They may drop out of clubs and organizations. They also may quit exercising and refuse to do activities with family or friends.

Financial Woes – Many times people with addiction begin to have money troubles. Drinking, drug addiction and gambling can become very expensive habits. The addiction may cause people to empty out their bank account or retirement account. People with addictions usually will find the money for alcohol or drugs, but often do not have the money for groceries or rent.

Missing Important Events – As the addiction progresses, your loved one may start to miss work or school. They may be late or miss important appointments. They may not show up for special family events.

Changes in Sleep or Appetite – A person may begin sleep more or less, depending on what their addiction is. Their appetite may also increase or decrease if they are abusing certain drugs.

Changes in Appearance – Your friend or loved one may start to lose interest in keeping up their appearance. They may take less frequent baths or showers. They may not comb or brush their hair before going out. Even their oral hygiene may suffer. They often focus less on their clothing choices and physical appearance.

Change in Friends – If your loved one or friend gets a whole new group of friends, it could be a sign of addiction. They may think or say that their old friends don’t understand them anymore. They may also begin to lie about the people that they are hanging out with. They also may start hanging out at different places.

Facing and overcoming an addiction is never an easy task. Don’t attempt to go it alone. There are many different support options available. Therapy may be helpful or you may want to consider a long-term treatment center.  If you notice your friend or loved one showing any of these signs or symptoms, it may be time to talk to them. If you can get them to admit that they have a problem you may be able to help them overcome their addiction.

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