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Know the Signs of Addiction
Addiction affects individuals from all walks of life. But no matter your demographics, there are universal signs you can watch for if you’re concerned your loved one may be suffering in silence.
Addiction often manifests physically before other signs become evident. Watch for things like alcohol on their breath, drowsiness, slurred speech, and lack of balance and coordination. They may also experience changes in weight and sleep.
Social withdrawal, neglect of responsibilities, abandonment of activities that once brought joy, and a decline in personal hygiene are all red flags. Individuals may become increasingly secretive, making it challenging for loved ones to detect the developing addiction.
Individuals may start experiencing financial difficulties, neglecting their basic financial responsibilities, quitting or losing their employment, borrowing money frequently, or selling personal belongings to fund their habit.
Tolerance and Increased Usage
As tolerance builds, individuals may find themselves needing higher doses of their substance of choice to achieve the same effect. If your loved one is drinking more frequently—and binging when they do drink—it might be time for a conversation
When they don’t have access to their substance of choice, individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, nausea, muscle aches, and insomnia. The fear of withdrawal often perpetuates the cycle of addiction.
Tallgrass Recovery, with our proven community-based mentor-focused approach, is here to help. If you or someone you know exhibits one or more of these signs, please seek help right away.