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How Do You Know if Someone is Addicted to Drugs?

how do you know if someone is addicted to drugs - depressed girl on a staircaseAddiction is a very serious disease that is progressive and can be hard to recognize in a friend or relative.

In today’s society, and especially on college campuses, drinking and drugs have become so prevalent that addiction is often overlooked, causing problems later in life.

That being said, how do you know if someone is addicted to drugs, what are the warning signs and what can you do about it?

When concerned with someone’s drug use, there are both physical and behavioral signs to be aware of. These signs can be both subtle and obvious and are often confusing. Since each drug has its own symptoms, it’s crucial to be educated with trending drugs in order to note any warning signs.

How do you know if someone is addicted to drugs?

Without directly asking, the best way to identify a drug problem is to observe any sudden changes in actions and behaviors. Here are some sudden changes to keep in mind:

  • Unusual mood swings
  • Withdrawing and isolation from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, or favorite activities
  • Change in sleeping patterns

If you believe someone is experiencing sudden changes in behaviors, you may want to have a conversation to voice your concerns. This may not warrant an honest answer, but may it begin a dialogue around the subject of drug usage, which is often taboo.

How do you know if someone is addicted to drugs? You educate yourself about addiction, drugs, signs and treatments. You watch, listen and continue to love and support the person you care about without accusing, spying and meddling. A great place to start is The National Institute on Drug Abuse. The site offers a host of online resources to help navigate you as a concerned friend or family member. In addition, you can begin helping yourself by contacting a local Al-Anon meeting. Al-Anon is a fellowship where the only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism (or drug use) in a relative or friend. This world-wide fellowship has helped millions deal with the worry, confusion and devastation of another’s addiction.

If you or a loved one need addiction help, contact our confidential helpline at (888) 989-9690.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Retrieved November 22, 2016.