I Think My Loved One Is Using Drugs, What Can I Do?

If you think that your loved one is using drugs or alcohol, it’s important to act quickly. Family members who deny the situation or delay in getting their loved ones professional help can waste precious time. If it turns out that your suspicions are true, you can get them into an addiction rehab center quickly. A speedy recovery from addiction is possible, particularly if the addiction hasn’t been active for very long. With an adult rehab program, you can get your loved one sober and redirect them on a healthy path.

What You Can Do If You Think Your Loved One Is Using Drugs

Let’s take a look at what you can do if you think your spouse or other family member is using drugs.

Ask Them

One way to further understand what is going on with your family member is to simply ask them. Don’t expect a confession necessarily, but you may be surprised by what you get when you engage them in an open, honest conversation. You may learn that your loved one is struggling with work, their social life or other relationships.

Know The Signs

If your loved one doesn’t admit to having a problem, or you haven’t had the opportunity to ask them, get familiar with the signs of addiction.

Not all signs indicate an addiction problem. However, if your loved one does have a drug or alcohol problem, you’ll soon be able to piece together the signs for a clearer picture.

  • Behavioral problems
  • Changes in personal appearance
  • Home or car related issues
  • School or work issues
  • Social withdrawal or isolation

Know The Risk Factors

Your loved one may be more at risk for addiction than others, and it’s important to be aware of this. Not only can it help you identify an addiction, but also it can help you prevent one. The best thing we can do as society understands that drug abuse happens to people from all walks of life, many turn to them to ease the pain of a major life event, like the death of a spouse, a recent divorce, or illness. Some signs can include:

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Memory Lapses
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Changes in diet
  • Increased isolation
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Poor concentration skills

No one wants to believe that their loved one could be using drugs or alcohol, but you’re not doing yourself or your family any favors if you sweep the problem under the rug. Talk to your loved one openly and honestly about drugs and alcohol, and confront them if you think there is a problem. The sooner you can get them help from an addiction treatment center, the sooner they can recover and start rebuilding their life.

We Can Help Your Loved One Recover!

If you think your spouse, parent or other loved one could be abusing drugs or alcohol, contact The River Source. We provide holistic treatment for men and women 18+. Our program includes a balance of counseling, an introduction to the 12 steps, family enrichment, education, and proper diet and exercise.

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