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On the surface, it’s easy to believe addiction only affects the person abusing substances. Looking deeper into that notion, one begins to see collateral behaviors that not only affect the addiction sufferer, but also the people around them. Addictive behaviors become more evident over time. As the addiction grows deeper, the behaviors become more intrusive and can end up ruining many lives.
If you suspect someone you love of living in the despair of an addiction, there are certain addictive behaviors and signs that will start popping up and causing issues. As a loved one, you know the person better than anyone else. That gives you the ability to detect subtle differences in behaviors, whereas other people will have to wait until the addictive behaviors become severe and damaging. Here is a list of things you can look for:
When people use drugs, their body goes through many changes. Weight loss is a big one. While caught in the cycle of addiction, people forget or neglect to eat. All they can think about is using. Other potential signs include bloodshot eyes, the onset of bad hair and teeth which are especially prevalent with heroin, meth and painkillers, memory loss and slurred speech.
In the beginning stages of addiction, a person’s personality changes will be subtle and uneven. As time progresses, the individual will become unrecognizable to their loved ones. The personality changes create a lot of stress for the addiction sufferer and his or her loved ones as well. Among the personality addictive behaviors that occur most frequently are neglecting relationships, loss of interest in hobbies, taking unnecessary risks and ignoring consequences, skipping work or school and lying, stealing, and cheating.
Addictive behaviors that involve emotions are the hardest to discern. The individual can become euphoric when using some drugs and depressed while using others. They will show quick fits or anger. They might appear anxious when not using, which is a telltale sign of withdrawal and how frequently they use. Other emotional changes brought about by addiction are shame, agitation, crying, and sadness.
Over time, the consequences of extended substance abuse will be substantial. Relationships will be damaged, careers will be lost and a person’s reputation will be tarnished. In many cases, there will be significant financial troubles that include the loss of assets and bankruptcy court. Hopefully, the individual will be able to avoid eviction and getting tossed out onto the streets.
Addictive behavior at its worst can lead to legal troubles. The possibility of committing crimes like DUI, burglary, selling drugs and committing murder increase ten-fold. Most people in prison suffer from some sort of addiction. Putting aside the consequences listed here, accidental overdose or suicide will always be on the table for a mind on drugs.
The counselors and clinicians at Beaches Recovery out of Jacksonville, Florida have been trained to recognize the telltale signs of addictive behaviors. Through the use of addiction therapy, most behaviors can be remedied. In our 30-bed facility, we offer the following treatment options:
If you or a loved one are ready for help with an addiction, Beaches Recovery is ready for you. With a simple phone call to 866-605-0532, our counselors and clinicians are prepared to educate you about your addiction and give you the tools you need to fight back. All you have to do is ask for help and believe that you deserve it.