Signs of Addiction

1 in 7 Americans are expected to develop an addiction or substance use disorder at some point in their life, but only 1 in 10 gets the help they need to get sober.1 Addiction is a nationwide struggle, but far too many people struggle alone with their addictions. At Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts, we believe in helping people from all walks of life find their sobriety. The first step to getting help for a loved one with addiction is to recognize the signs of addiction so you can help them get sober. Here are common signs of addiction and what to do if you suspect that your friend, family member, or loved one is dealing with addiction.

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

As drugs and alcohol consume a person’s life, their behaviors may change as they focus on their active addiction. Addiction is all-consuming, so a person may dedicate their time and energy to finding their next fix. This alone can be incredibly exhausting for anyone, and additional challenges such as withdrawals or intoxication can result in behavior and mood changes.

Behavioral signs of addiction include:

  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Increased secrecy
  • Aggression or increased sensitivity
  • Sleep changes such as insomnia
  • Personality changes

These are some of the most common behavioral signs of addiction, but there may be others. If you suspect that your loved one is an addict, give our team a call to learn how we can help.

Physical Signs of Addiction

Drugs and alcohol can also take a toll on a person’s physical health and appearance. As addiction and alcoholism progress, the addict’s appearance may undergo drastic changes. These physical signs of addiction often start small and progressively worsen.

Physical signs of addiction include:

  • Track marks
  • A tired appearance
  • Drastic weight changes, either loss or gain
  • A sunken appearance
  • Sores on the face or body, such as meth sores
  • Dilated pupils
  • Pronounced and fast dental decay
  • Jitteriness or increased sluggishness

The exact physical signs of addiction will vary from person to person. If you suspect that your loved one is an alcoholic or an addict, we encourage you to call on our team to learn how we can help.

What to Do When You See Signs of Addiction

Helping your loved one get sober is the best thing you can do when you see physical or behavioral signs of addiction. We encourage you to reach out to our program for drug and alcoholism treatment around Boston. We treat addiction, alcoholism, and many other issues people face with a variety of approaches to healing. This includes inpatient treatment, PHP addiction treatment in Massachusetts, IOP, and OP rehab care. We offer customized approaches to treatment for every patient, giving them the tools they need for lasting sobriety.

If you suspect that your loved one is an addict, we are here to help. Contact our team today to learn about our addiction treatment and intervention planning services. Understanding the signs of addiction and what to do if you spot these signs can help save your loved one’s life and change their life for the better. Call our team at Banyan Treatment Centers Massachusetts to get started.

Sources:

  1. NIH – Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

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