If you are not a habitual drug user or drinker, noticing the signs of someone who does drink or do drugs may be a bit difficult. Here are a few signs or indicators that might help you detect alcohol or drug abuse or addiction.
When searching if someone drinks excessively there are visible signs such as; the person will tend to slur words, their eyes may be bloodshot and seem to be in a sort of daze, can have the smell of alcohol on their breath and if attempting to hide their drinking they will be searching out mints and other sources to hide the smell. Their area of work may be messy and disorganized, they will show signs of being very jovial and “all is well” as a facade to hide their real pain which can be seen in their facial traits. In later stages, the person will show slight to severe shaking hands and a high level of anxiety in speech and mannerism.
Not all alcoholics are identical, some have become very good at hiding their addiction. They know what others are looking for to stop them. But anyone abusing alcohol will inevitably make a mistake in their attempts to deceive others of their real actions. You simply need to be aware that the alcoholic will not see the changes happening to them; alcoholism creeps up and one day they find out they can’t stop and their life is spiraling out of control. Now embarrassed, the person tends to try and hide it, or justify it. Each additional failure to stop their consumption accumulates more and more shame and despair. This now justifies their anger, blame, and hostilities towards others; this is their way of pushing people away so as not to harm them.
Detecting drug abuse or addiction is a bit different, there are many signs, both physical and behavioral, that indicate drug use. Each drug has its own unique manifestations but there are some general indications that a person is using drugs some of these are: a sudden change in behavior, mood swings; irritability and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright or withdrawal from family members and family activities, careless about personal grooming, loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities, changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeps during the day. Other signs that are more physical would be such things as red and dilated or pined pupils, sniffling or runny nose, skin complexion getting dull, sores showing up in the face and cavities (mouth, nose), nails getting brittle or being chewed on.
Those are just a few of the things one can look for, the main point is that the person’s attitude toward you and others has shifted and is somewhat more hostile or antagonist. They begin to show signs of withdrawing; giving excuses as to why they cannot be at some social gathering when normally they would. When things get out of hand you can expect certain things to disappear mysteriously, when questioned about it they will blatantly deny any involvement and will attack you for even suggesting they might know anything about it. A real example was a young man addicted to crack cocaine who had stolen his parent’s wedding rings and pawned them off to buy more drugs, he was sure he could get the money back to reclaim the jewelry, but whenever he did get some money it just kept going to drugs. He lost the rings and when confronted about it he lashed out at his mother for even suggesting he might know anything about it.
It is one thing for a person to have a bad day and quite another to have weird and continuous troubles on a daily basis. The most effective way to overcome such a thing is to request a urine test (for drug) and a breathalyzer (for alcohol) be done. These tests can are available at any pharmacy. If the person refuses or finds ways to not do it when asked this is a sure sign that they are attempting to hide what they are doing. When a test is refused at that time, just tell the person that it can be at another time. Wait a day and request it again. If refused again, you should sit them down and have the person tell you the truth about what is going on. You have a right to help them be honest and this will be the first step to getting professional help.
If you need professional help in the matter you can hire the help of an interventionist. If all is out in the open and the person wants help we can help you find a proper drug rehabilitation center.
Don’t waste time; a person with an addiction can change his or her mind pretty easily and all will be lost.
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