Addiction doesn’t happen in one day, and it certainly isn’t caused by a single reason. It usually starts as a recreational use and over a period of time develops into a behavior that is not easy to get rid of. Historically, addiction is based on abuse of alcohol and cigarettes and other bad habits that people catch during real world encounters. Today, addiction is a broad subject, ranging from soda addiction to dangerous drug addiction that can easily put one’s health, relationship, career and finance at risk.
The story is often told about people who start drinking alcohol or using drug only on occasions, their strong cravings later compelling them to seek out for more. The ‘high’ feeling that they experience, that these substances create is what the addicts look forward to ignoring the consequences such habits cause on their health and well-being. So, when your loved one is an addict, sometimes, it is not that they want to stop using drugs, but they are unable to despite their good intention and efforts. Their ability to think and react straight is completely absent when they are addicted to drugs.
It is not so hard to recognize someone who is into drug, alcohol or substance abuse. Here, you need to look for signs, like Benzo withdrawal symptoms, that are out of ordinary, something that the person never used to do before. Addicts won’t admit their problems in a straightforward manner. They tend to go to any length to cover their tracks. However, there are many ways where you can find out whether or not the person is an addict and to what substance he or she is addicted to. Some tell-tale signs include, but not limited to:
- Hanging out with friends who are strangers or involved in suspicious activities
- Difficulty walking straight or talking clearly
- Shift in mood or attitude
- Not arriving on time to workplace, school or other places
- Poor performance at work or school
- Spending money on things that are unnecessary, like it is the end of the world
- Sudden changes in the body – gaining weight or losing it rapidly
- Sleep problems or changes in sleeping pattern
- Exhibiting symptoms typical of Benzo withdrawal, such as sweating, anxiety, irritability and panic
- Eating disorder – either eating too much or starving
Apart from the above signs, look for any behavior that may seem unusual, like trying to hide something. Addicts are prone to anger outbursts so watch out for this as well. Remember that, even if the addict is in the beginning stage of his or her addiction, it is never too late to recognize and find a solution. If you talk to the addict and offer to help in every way, the addict may agree to stop drinking or using drugs. Unless you are sure that the addict will recover, you should seek professional help in their regard. If your efforts to talk and convince the addict are unsuccessful, consider admitting the addict to a rehabilitation center. As you decide whether to treat yourself or seek professional help, keep this in mind. Not acting quickly may jeopardize the health and safety of not just the addict but everyone in the household and around.