Addiction is a complicated problem, and many people often have trouble determining if they or a loved one are actually struggling with addiction. Here are a few helpful tips from our friends at HelpGuide.org to determine if your loved one is struggling and how to help them.
Common signs and symptoms of drug abuse from HelpGuide.org:
- Neglecting responsibilities at school, at work or at home
- Using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high (e.g. driving while under the influence or using dirty needles)
- Getting into trouble with the law (e.g. stealing to support a drug habit or arrests for disorderly conduct)
- Relationship problems with friends, partners, family members, coworkers, employers or children
- Withdrawing from friends or family members
- Unexplained change in personality or attitude
- Sudden mood swings or outbursts
- Bloodshot eyes, smaller or larger pupils than usual
- Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Tremors, slurred speech, impaired coordination
If you believe a loved one is using drugs or alcohol while pregnant, it’s important you get them help and provide the emotional support they need. Encourage your loved one to call 211, visit this website, or find a treatment center near their home. Pregnant women are given top priority at treatment facilities in Nevada.