Signs to Notice a Loved One is Addicted

The Signs

Addiction is a difficult situation to deal with when you are watching someone you love go through it. One thing to always remember it is never the person’s fault because no one knows what they are going through. They could be going through a very stressful time where they feel they cannot cope. We all fall short of something, and for loved ones, we need to notice the changes or differences in those that we love. Noticing the signs of substance addiction can save someone’s life.

A person with signs of substance addiction will withdraw from the crowds and their loved ones. They will not be interested in their usual fun stuff and interest. Their attitudes may change drastically, and they may be more irritable due to withdrawal symptoms. Some go as far as to steal, lie, and do things they normally would not do to get the substance they are addicted. They will do anything to hurt the ones they love and not even realize it.

Breaking the Habit

The number one thing to remember for anyone to break any habit is to admit there is a problem. If they do not agree there is a problem, then there is nothing anyone can do. The person addicted will need lots of moral support when they come to terms they need help. The first step after a problem has been acknowledged is to continue taking the next steps to recovery. These steps are almost impossible without professional help, and it is also not safe. During the withdrawal symptoms, depending on the substance, the person may become violent or suicidal. It calls for trained professionals to handle the situation.

Overcoming the Addiction

Finding a good rehab center is the best place to start for getting a loved one help they need. There are different processes for different situations, but for most people getting detoxified is the first goal of rehab. This can be the most painful because the body is still craving the substance addicted. Once the person’s system is clean, then the real work begins. Heavy counseling, and sometimes medication is used to relieve the withdrawal symptoms while the patient is in rehab during the recovery process. Always through the entire procedure moral support is a must. A call for change in a person’s life is necessary for staying on the right path. It is also important to help the patient realize slip-ups happen. They need support from the loved ones and the rehab center in those times where long term follow up care can assist them as needed.

A Life-Long Commitment

It is important to remember addiction may be cured at the moment of walking out of rehab. The realization is knowing the truth the temptation will always be there. Rehab gives the tools for a person who has addictions to live a comfortable life as possible without going back to their old habits. This is an ongoing process for as long as the person lives. No one knows the struggle like the ones who actually live it. Staying away from bad influences, and keeping the positive around you, if you are battling addiction, is the best way to go through life. Keep the temptation far away from you.

Posted by Virginia K. Stockstill

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