It can be emotionally challenging to worry about a loved one you believe may be struggling with substance abuse. Often, we do not know the signs to look for or how to help. Not knowing the severity of their addiction or the substance they struggle with adds additional layers of difficulty. In most cases, you may notice several early warning signs that could indicate your loved one is struggling with drug addiction. The first step in knowing how to get your loved one help with their drug abuse is understanding what to look for and what particular signs and symptoms could mean.

Common Signs of Drug Abuse

If your loved one is abusing any drug, there are often common signs to look for. Many warning signs of drug abuse are present whether your loved one is misusing prescription drugs or struggles with an addiction to one of many illicit drugs. These signs generally include physical, behavioral, and social changes. For example, your loved one may start to have difficulties at work or school. A loved one who once loved their job and was praised for high performance will frequently become chronically late (or absent) and appear disinterested in their career or job responsibilities. You may also notice significant, often sudden changes to their physical appearance, including wearing ill-fitting clothes and a lack of interest in grooming or personal hygiene. 

Other common changes which could indicate your loved one needs help with addiction include an increased desire for privacy or self-imposed isolation. Your loved one may begin to withdraw from those they once enjoyed socializing with, including immediate family.

Additionally, you may notice your loved one experiences new or worsening legal, financial, and social struggles. Finally (although not the end of a long list of potential warning signs) are notable physical changes. When a loved one abuses drugs, you may notice changes in appetite, weight changes, bloodshot eyes, lack of energy, and other visible signs, including burns on the skin, skin sores, and possibly, track marks or bruises. 

How to Get My Loved One Help With Their Drug Abuse

If you are concerned your loved one may be struggling with addiction and want to help them get treatment for their drug abuse, reach out to Concise Recovery today. Our caring and compassionate team can provide support and guidance as you begin the process of helping your loved one find sobriety. It is not uncommon for people to experience concern and apprehension when they think of approaching a loved one about drugs and alcohol. 

It is OK to be concerned about how they will react; however, it is essential to provide any assistance you can to get them what could be life-saving addiction treatment. We understand the decision to seek addiction treatment is, on its own, challenging. Approaching a loved one about their drug abuse is scary and difficult. 

Our admissions team at Concise Recovery can help you understand the warning signs of addiction and provide support as you talk to your loved one about your concerns. Once they are ready to seek help, we will work with them to design a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that addresses their unique addiction treatment needs and goals. Our treatment models are focused on addressing your loved one’s physical, psychological, and spiritual needs while they focus on their health and sobriety. Approaching your loved one about treatment is not easy. It is normal to be apprehensive and concerned about how your loved one will react. Let the team at Concise Recovery help you take the first steps towards getting your loved one help with their drug abuse. Contact the admissions team at our Sherman Oaks, California rehab today.