Taking Care of the Family: Ways to Spot Drug Addict Behavior Traits

Stay on your toes and save lives. Learn how to spot drug addict behavior traits and become an active and protective member of your community.

It can be difficult to discover whether someone around you is one of the 21 million Americans with a drug addiction. After all, how do you even begin to look for the warning signs, especially in someone you care for?

Spotting drug addict behaviors in a loved one can be a challenge. After all, no one wants to believe that someone they care about can be going through something that's both difficult and harmful to their health.

Here, we're going to tell you the most basic and easy ways to find addict behavior patterns in those close to you.

Lying and Covering Up

One of the biggest things that an addict will do is lie... a lot. This makes sense, when you think about it- after all, how else are they going to hide the fact that they're doing something so serious?

Addicts might ask for money from family and lie about what they're doing with it. They also might say that they've gone to events that they haven't been to because they were, in reality, doing drugs.

If you notice someone close to you telling lies more often or more easily, you might want to consider looking into whether they're going through a struggle with addiction  .

Unusual Mood Swings

Some amount of moodiness is normal in any person. After all, life can get really frustrating sometimes. But if someone near you is having more mood swings than normal, or more severe mood swings than their situation calls for, it could be a sign of addiction.

When a person is addicted to a substance, it will change their mood drastically. Taking the drugs alters their brain chemistry and they may act unusually. When they haven't had the drug in a while, they may also begin to lash out.

In benzodiazepine withdrawal, for example, irritability and sensory issues become a huge problem. This is only one of the many drugs that can be abused, and some drugs have even worse symptoms.

Many drugs cause a lot of anxiety and suicidal thoughts, both when abusing and withdrawing, so it's crucial you figure out what's happening with your loved one.

Refusal to Accept Help

You might also notice that a person struggling with addiction has difficulty accepting help. This doesn't just apply to getting help with the substance abuse, but also to getting help in other areas of life as well.

After all, the person may think that accepting help will get people close enough to them so see their addiction clearly. They may pull away to avoid that happening.

Be on the lookout for people who never seem to want assistance in anything, especially emotional support. The may be hiding some dark secrets.

Know Drug Addict Behavior Traits

Spotting drug addict behaviors in a loved one can be tough, but looking for lying, mood swings, and staunch refusal of help can help you guess what your loved one is going through.

Now that you know how to spot the signs of substance abuse in others, you might be interested to read about the controversial aspects of drug addiction.
 

 

 
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