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Spot The Signs Of Addiction In A Loved One And Help Them Find Substance Abuse Treatment

If you have recently noticed odd behavior in a loved one, you may be wondering whether they have some sort of drug or alcohol problem. Any type of addiction, whether it is an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, or even online video games, tends to follow the same pattern over time. Here are the signs of addiction you should be looking out for.

Many addictions suffer from behavioral problems. They may ignore consequences of their addiction and neglect responsibilities or personal hygiene. Addicts tend to lose an interest in previous hobbies, become obsessed with a drug, hide drug use, and constantly need money. They may frequently seem restless, happy, and energetic, or they may act drowsy, grumpy, and irritable.

Physical signs of addiction can vary depending on the type of drug being used, but keep an eye out for any strange physical changes. Any sudden weight gain, unusual weight loss, bloodshot eyes, enlarged pupils,small pupils, drowsiness, insomnia, nausea, shakiness, headaches, or trouble with coordination can be a sign of addiction.

What to do If You Spot Signs of Addiction

If you suspect that your loved one is dealing with an addiction, it is important to address the situation instead of ignoring it and hoping it will go away. Your support and advice can be a valuable tool in a person’s recovery. These tips will help you to deal with a loved one who is suffering from an addiction.

  • Keep an eye on the person’s behavior for a few weeks to get examples of why you think they have an addiction problem. Talk to other friends, family members, or counselors to see if they agree with your assessment.
  • Initiate a conversation with the person when they are sober and have time to talk. Emphasize that you care for the person and want to help them. Ignore blaming the person or trying to explore motives. Instead, focus on your concern for your loved one’s well being.
  • Encourage your loved one to seek treatment for their addiction. It may be helpful to already have a list of potential treatment centers they may want to consider visiting.

Genesis House has years of experience in helping those with drug and alcohol addictions to rehabilitate. To get started on the path to recovery, call us today at 800-737-0933

Why Do People Start Using Drugs?

Drug use and awareness of it has become more prevalent in our society in the past few years. There’s a chance that you or someone you know has been affected directly or indirectly by some type of drug use. There is a reason that each individual addicted to drugs starts using at some point. That first step is a path towards addiction that is full of twists, turns, and unexpected obstacles.

  • Some people start using drugs because their friends are doing it. It might seem like everyone else is doing it, and choosing not to use is a choice that may make someone feel ostracized with their peers. Those who are using typically encourage others to join in on the fun, and from there use escalates in frequency and quantity.
  • Others choose to start using drugs because they are bored and the effects look like fun. Maybe it’s been a stressful day and someone wants to wind down. Sitting around and watching television or reading a book may not be nearly as appealing as having a drink with some friends or sitting in a circle smoking marijuana while socializing. After they’ve experienced the high the drugs offer, they are an appealing alternative to dealing with the everyday trials and tribulations in life.
  • Relaxation is yet another reason people give for trying drugs. Work, school, kids, family and everyday life are all common stressors in life that everyone tries to deal with in their own way. Some people exercise, others play video games and some choose to use drugs as a way to kickback and relax. The feeling can be similar to not caring, such as with marijuana, or a euphoric feeling which is experienced when someone uses opiates.
  • Curiosity and fitting in are strong reasons that addicts give for starting to try various drugs. People who feel bullied, like they don’t have a lot of friends or don’t have things in common with many people their age can have their curiosity sparked. If friends start using drugs, it may trigger a desire to try it out too in an attempt to keep a strong connection with their friends without being an outsider.

Watching a loved one, friend or family member go through drug addiction is a stressful time. There are options when an addict is ready to seek help. Give us a call at 800-737-0933 to start getting help now.

Beginners Guide to Understanding Why You’re An Addict

Finding out about a loved one’s addiction can be challenging. Parent’s often ask themselves where they went wrong, why their child or children made the choices that led to their addiction, and why their child is addicted. Addiction is not solely the result of non-adaptive decisions. Instead, it is often the result of genetics, psychological problems, trauma, and one’s social environment.

Genetics & Social Environment

Addiction is partly genetic. There is no single gene associated with addiction. For example, many twin studies have demonstrated that children of alcoholics are at least four times more likely to develop alcohol addiction than their peers. There are multiple genes that can influence an individual’s likelihood to develop an addiction. Some genes influence impulse control or decrease the likelihood of individual’s disengaging in substance use. Other genes influence the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Although genes cannot be changed, families with histories of addictions can work proactively to educate their children, adolescents, and adult children about the genetic risks for developing addictive behaviors. This can include helping your loved one make positive social connections in their community.

Psychological Problems & Trauma

Addiction rarely presents as a single issue. Instead, many individuals who experience addiction also have depression, significant anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or other mood disorders. Addiction is often developed as a non-adaptive coping skills in order to manage the symptoms of psychological problems. This is why individual and group mental health counseling is often a key part of addiction treatment. Mental health counseling can be used during addiction treatment and in recovery to help individual’s learn adaptive coping skills so that they can manage anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders without drugs or alcohol.


Trauma, especially childhood trauma, can significantly impact the brain’s development. Chronic stress and fear, which are related to childhood experiences of abuse and neglect,can result in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral impairments. Two thirds of addicts have experienced physical or sexual trauma during childhood. You cannot always control your child’s experiences. However, knowledge about trauma can help inform addiction treatment. There are a variety of trauma-focused therapeutic approaches which can help your adult child address his or her traumatic experiences and learn alternative coping skills.

Genetics cannot be changed. However, addiction can be conquered by addressing your loved one’s social environment, underlying psychological issues, and past traumas.

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