6 Warning Signs that you are Living with an Addict
With millions of addicts in the world, it is possible that you might end up living with one of them. Fortunately, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are some signs that you can watch out for that will help you decide if you are living with someone with a substance abuse problem.
1. They are Secretive about What they are Doing
Although being secretive is not always a sign of drug abuse, it is a clue. People who are addicted to a substance try to hide it. In trying to hide it they appear secretive and often do things like hang up the phone when you walk into the room or neglect to tell you where they are going.
2. They Take Inappropriate Trips to the Bathroom
Many people get high in the bathroom. When someone goes to the bathroom and comes out acting different usually it is a sign that they were getting high or drunk in there. Sometimes they excuse themselves to go to the bathroom and then take a very long time and sometimes they do not make it to the bathroom at all but to a dark corner of wherever you are at.
3. You Find Semi-hidden Paraphernalia
There are a lot of things that qualify as drug paraphernalia. Anything smooth surface with white powder on it or rolled up straws or bills are a good indication that they are using drugs. Also people who have pipes or needles around the house are generally drug addicts.
4. They Exhibit Erratic Behavior
People who are on drugs are usually erratic. They do things that do not make sense or seem confused. Depending on how bad the addiction is, they may act strange most of the time. They might take risks one minute and then seem anxious the next.
If the person is taking risks and they are a danger to themselves or others it is important that you call 800-683-3270. We can help you find treatment for them immediately. People who are on drugs can easily hurt themselves or you without meaning it.
5. They have Strange Mood Swings
Along with erratic behavior, a drug addict’s mood changes very quickly. One of the classic signs of addiction or substance abuse is mood swings, particularly when they haven’t had the drug or alcohol in a while. They might go from happy to angry in a flash or from peaceful to sad.
6. Their Appetite Changes Drastically
Changes in appetite is also a good sign that they are using. They might eat too much or stop eating all together. Many drugs make you either gain or lose an appetite. If you suspect someone is taking drug watch for drastic changes in their eating habits.
For more information on how to tell if the person you are living with is on drugs or to find a treatment center near you call us at 800-683-3270. We can help you find the treatment you or a loved one needs.