A substance or drug is considered to be addictive when it has the potential to cause physical and/or psychological dependence. This means that the body and brain may crave it and crave it often. When we are in an addictive cycle, we feel the cravings day in and day out. This is why people develop a physical dependence on their substance of choice. And because they feel the cravings, they are likely to continue using it. They may also experience a “high” that they feel compelled to seek out. If you’re worried that your loved one is developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’re not alone.
Signs that a loved one is developing a substance use disorder can be subtle. But if you’re reading this, you likely have an idea of what to look for. Here are some signs that may indicate your loved one is developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Common signs of addiction:.
Lack of interest in hobbies or pastimes that were once enjoyed.
Regrets about past actions or decisions but continues to use drugs or alcohol.
- Withdrawal from friends, family or co-workers.
- Changes in appearance, weight or hygiene habits.
- Increased spending on drugs or alcohol.
Other signs of addiction:
- It’s not uncommon for signs of addiction to begin in early adulthood.
- Signs of addiction may worsen if substance use is not addressed.
What to do if you think your loved one is developing an addiction:
If you suspect that your loved one is developing an addiction, you have a few options.
- Try to talk to your loved one openly about the issue.
- Provide support to your loved one by encouraging them to seek help and by being willing to help in any way you can.
- Try to encourage your loved one to get professional help if you feel they are not ready to end the habit.
If someone you love is addicted to substances, it can be heartbreaking. But it’s important to remember that addiction is a disease that can be overcome. You can help your loved one break the cycle by offering support and encouragement. If your loved one is ready for help, it’s important to find a treatment center that can help them. Treatment can help your loved one realize their full potential.