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How to Notice Addiction in a Loved One


Published: November 4, 2021

Addiction in any form can take a toll on someone’s life. Addiction can be to drugs, alcohol, or any substance that alters one’s mood and relieves them from reality. Addiction in an individual can be very difficult for loved ones to watch because it could be a sign that the person is endangering themselves or simply feeling like they are wasting their life away.

Addiction in an individual may manifest itself in many different ways, but there are some classic signs to look for.

The Early Signs and Symptoms of Addiction 

  • Difficulties at school or work — if your loved one starts to miss school or work frequently, has a sudden disinterest in school or work, or experiences a sudden drop in performance, then they may be struggling with addiction.
  • Physical health issues — having a lack of energy and motivation, sudden weight loss or gain, or eyes that are red more often than not may be another sign of addiction.
  • Neglected appearance — if your loved one has a newfound lack of interest in their clothing, hair or overall aesthetic appearance, it may be due to a drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Being secretive — not answering questions, not allowing you into their house or room, or not telling you where they have been may mean that your loved one is attempting to hide their addiction.
  • Financial instability sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation, inability to pay rent or bills, or stealing money may mean that your loved one is trying desperately to find the funds to afford their addiction.

If you have noticed these signs in a loved one, it may be time to ask them about their behavior. If they ignore the problem, it will most likely get worse over time. While it may be difficult, being hesitant to speak up may result in the loved one’s addiction getting even worse.

How to Help a Loved One Who May Be Addicted

If your loved one does happen to admit that they are having problems, then help them seek out resources for addiction rehab, like the range of programs offered at Rockland Treatment Center. The resources you find may help your loved one overcome their addiction.

However, if your loved one refuses to admit that they have a problem, you may want to consider talking with others in your circle. Addiction is a disease that must be treated, even if the person does not admit they have it. Therefore, getting everyone that you can to agree and get on board may help your loved one finally realize that they need help.

It may be a difficult journey, but this can help you all ensure that your loved one does not continue to struggle but instead gets the support they need.

How to Get Help for Yourself If You’re Struggling With Addiction

At Rockland Treatment, we understand how consuming addiction is and how intimidating it is to take the first step to a better, sober life. Your path to recovery and wellness starts with the first step. Contact us for a free assessment, and allow us to show you how our program can help you lead the life you want, unshackled by addiction and surrounded with love.

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