Addiction to drugs is best identified early to provide early intervention and treatment. Overcoming drug abuse is one of the hardest things a person can do but is beneficial to the individual, families and loved ones in the long term. Learn how to identify signs of drug use and what to do if a loved one is suspected of using drugs in the home.
A person with a drug or substance abuse problem will exhibit certain signs, both physical and behavioral. Being mindful of these signs can help a person avoid missing cues which can ultimately lead to faster treatment before addiction gets out of hand. Some of the signs include:
- Anxiety or irritability
- Changes in attitude or friends
- Constant need for more money
- Lethargy or hyperactivity
- Mood swings
- Needle marks
- Poor performance at school or work
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
- Tremors or shakiness
- Weight changes
A person must be diagnosed with a drug addiction prior to treatment. A general doctor, addiction specialist, licensed counselor or psychologist can provide an examination to determine whether an individual has addiction. The physical examination will help the doctor make a diagnosis. A few steps can be taken to help a person take next steps if drug abuse is suspected.
The following are two steps which can help a family member move towards receiving help for a drug problem.
Select a treatment program. A person who is ready for treatment is ready for the step of selecting a program. Once an individual is ready to accept addiction is an issue, an addiction treatment specialist can help assess the person’s individual situation, addiction treatment and aftercare plans. Inpatient or outpatient treatment intensive programs, followed by a stay in a halfway house might be all options on the table at this point. Individuals in recovery from addiction can expect to attend outpatient meetings for months or years following initial treatment.
Plan an intervention. When an individual is in denial about having a problem, the person is unwilling to admit to an y addiction or believe the lie it is possible to stop anytime. Typically this is not the case and the person needs convincing to attend drug rehab. A planned and supervised intervention can help. Substance users are confronted by loved ones who gather together out of love, care and mutual respect for the individual to describe the impact of drug use on everyone around the individual. An addiction treatment center can provide resources for professional interventionists who specialize in helping make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Supporting a loved one through addiction to recovery can be a confusing, daunting process. The Villa works alongside families to support a loved one with addiction with personalized treatment plans in a safe, comfortable environment. Call us to find out how we can help you get started.