Detecting a Drug Problem
Identifying that a friend or family member has a drug problem in its earliest stages will be the best line of defense to compel a drug user to seek help. All too often addict’s are enable by loved ones who unwittingly help them to continue their abuse of drugs and/or alcohol. Therefore it is essential to educate yourself on all the aspects of enabling behaviors, tough love, and intervention. Below is a list of questions depicting some of the major signs that can help identify whether an individual is chemically dependent.
- Has the individual’s behavior changed significantly?
- Do they exhibit unusually high anxiety, depression, and/or extreme irritability for no reason?
- Does the person display extreme uncharacteristic mood swings?
- Have they lost interest in normal activities or hobbies?
- Have they changed their friends, for an antisocial group?
- Has their performance at work or school declined?
- Have you heard stories of drug taking behavior by others?
- Do they borrow money often?
- Have they been accused of or been caught stealing?
- Do they show a loss of apatite or significant decrease in weight?
- Are they showing signs of paranoia?
- Do they show physical signs such as slurred speech, listlessness, or hyperactivity?
- Does the individual isolate themselves from friends and family?
- Does the person have legal trouble as a result of substance abuse?
If you've answered yes to one or more these questions there is a strong chance the inividual my be abusing drugs and/or alcohol.