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Watching a friend or loved one struggle with addiction is difficult. The harm drugs or alcohol cause to their physical and emotional health often seem obvious to everyone; except them. They are not alone in their struggle. Estimates from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate as many as twenty-one million Americans struggle with at least one addiction. Addiction is a disease that knows no limitations or demographics. It can affect anyone from any walk of life. 

Once someone has developed an addiction (often referred to as a substance use disorder), it can be challenging and sometimes impossible to stop using or drinking without the help of professional addiction treatment at a treatment center like Concise Recovery. The most effective treatment help is comprehensive, evidence-based treatment that occurs early. Knowing how to recognize the symptoms of addiction can help you get your friend or loved one into rehab and on the road to recovery as early as possible.

Signs a Person Is Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

Addiction is a disease unique to the individual. Because of this, the signs of addiction will vary from person to person. They will also vary based on the user’s substance of choice, as different substances often produce symptoms unique to that substance. Regardless of the potential differences, some common symptoms occur across most situations. 

Signs of alcohol or drug addiction can be physical, psychological, and behavioral. Some of the most notable symptoms are physical as they are the easiest to spot. Examples of physical signs of addiction may include weight changes, changes in personal hygiene, skin changes, changes in sleeping patterns, bloodshot eyes, dilated or constricted pupils, or mouth and dental issues. 

Psychological changes are those that affect your friend or loved one’s mood or mental health. If an addict has symptoms of an underlying mental health condition (or a previously diagnosed mental health condition), those symptoms may worsen with time and ongoing drug or alcohol use Without addiction treatment, ongoing drug or alcohol use may also lead to new mental health conditions. You may also notice other psychological changes such as mood swings, anxiety, irritability or aggression, depression, and other personality changes. 

Drug and alcohol use often leads to significant changes in one’s behavior and habits. Chronic drug and alcohol use affects the structure and function of the brain. In time, it changes how the brain functions and can impair one’s ability to focus and think clearly. More notable behavioral changes include sudden changes in social circles, new or worsening financial problems, new or worsening legal problems related to substance use, increased isolation, lying about substance use, and worsening substance-seeking behavior. 

How To Get a Person Into Rehab

Talking to your loved one about going to rehab is not easy. When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they often do not think or accept that they have a problem. They do not always see how deeply their addiction affects their lives and the lives of their loved ones. When they do not acknowledge or refuse to see they need help, it can be difficult to get them to rehab. Below are a few tips that may help.

  • Consider seeking the help of a professional interventionist. 
  • Make sure you have a plan before talking to your loved one.
  • To enable your friend or loved one to continue using. 
  • Be prepared for refusal. 
  • Be patient and supportive of their recovery journey.
  • Educate yourself about addiction.

Getting a person into rehab can seem like a challenging task. Indeed, it is hard to approach a friend or loved one about their substance use. It is vital to remember that the longer you delay, the more dangerous their situation could become. If you need help starting the conversation or advice on getting a person into rehab, contact the team at Concise Recovery today to learn more about our programs and how we can help.