8 Possible Signs of Drug Abuseby baladmin | October 31, 2014
Understanding what to look for is crucial when determining if your loved one is abusing drugs.
There are many different signs to look for when trying to determine if your loved one is struggling with an addiction. Some warning signs of drug abuse to look out for are:
1. Change in appetite and appearance
Drastic changes in your loved one’s appearance, like bad hygiene, weight loss, or weight gain, can be signs of substance abuse. Loss of weight can be caused by the use of stimulants such as methamphetamine or amphetamine pills. Weight gain can be caused by alcohol abuse or marijuana.
2. Change in friends and peer group
Often, when someone is abusing drugs or alcohol, they lose friends and gain a new peer group that they usually won’t introduce to his or her family. If it seems like your loved one doesn’t have friends or you aren’t allowed to meet them, this could be another sign of drug addiction.
3. Personal items and money go missing
Valuable items may be pawned or sold for drugs or alcohol. If you notice that money is missing, your loved one continues to ask for money, or prescription drugs are missing from the home – this can be a serious warning sign of addiction.
4. Change in personality and mood
Sudden outbursts of anger or violence, withdrawn personality, depression, anxiety, and other mood disturbances can be associated with substance abuse. Read about how our treatment center addresses depressive symptoms during the rehabilitation process.
5. Change in sleep patterns
Increased sleep can be caused by the use of depressants such as opiates, marijuana, and benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium. Decreased sleep can be caused by the use of stimulants such as amphetamines, meth, cocaine, and ecstasy.
6. Increased secrecy
Lying and secrecy is a sign that your loved one is hiding something. Bedrooms that are off-limits, refusal to discuss his or her personal life, and resistance to involving you with their friends and peer group can be a sign of an addiction as well.
7. Low grades/poor work performance
A drop in grades, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, problems at work, and job loss can be adverse results of an active addiction.
8. Sudden Health Problems
Recurrent nosebleeds, headaches, memory loss, vomiting, seizures, and constant sickness with no explained cause can be a sign that your loved one is struggling with substance abuse.
Balboa Horizons is Highly Experienced in Treating Drug Abuse
At Balboa Horizons, we know that one size does not fit all. These warning signs are not an exclusive checklist to determine if a person is or is not an addict. Sometimes, people in the throes of addiction can masterfully maintain a perfect façade on the outside. What truly matters is what is happening on the inside. We have seen college students with perfect grades, men and women with great careers, people who seemingly have it “all together” – who are struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Trust your gut instincts and know that you don’t have to go through this alone. If your loved one has a drug or alcohol addiction, common questions to start with include:
- Does my insurance cover treatment?
- Do I need to hire an interventionist?
- What’s the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment, and how do I determine which level of care is best?
The Balboa Horizons admissions department can do a free assessment to determine which level of care is appropriate for you or your loved one. Some insurance policies have different requirements for outpatient and inpatient services. We recommend a higher level of care in the beginning to help ensure the best results. Further information can be obtained from our website or through contact with our admissions coordinator.
Our admissions staff is trained in insurance benefit investigation. By providing your insurance information to the admissions staff, we will be able to determine what treatment options are covered by your individual plan.