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Signs of Addiction: Your Loved One May Need Treatment

Addiction is a terrible disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviors. Oftentimes, people hide their addictions from their loved ones, but a person with a mental health or substance abuse disorder may show signs and symptoms relating to their problems. As a loved one of someone who may be suffering, being able to recognize these signs of addiction or struggle can help. This way, all parties can take steps in the right direction, providing them with the treatment and mental health support they may need.

Recognizing Addiction in a Loved One

There are many signs and symptoms of addiction to pay close attention to. Recognizing these signs is the first step in getting help for your loved one. There are physical, behavioral, and emotional signs showing that your loved one may need the help of a licensed mental health counselor.

Physical Signs of Addiction

  • Dilated pupils
  • Red eyes
  • Excessive sniffing not attributed to a cold
  • Pale skin
  • Undernourishment
  • Weight loss
  • Change in eating habits
  • Overactive or underactive (depending on drug)

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

  • Missing work or school
  • Secretive about activities
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial problems
  • Sleeplessness or too much sleep

Emotional Signs of Addiction

  • Defensiveness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities or people who used to be part of their lives
  • Easily confused
  • Constant rationalizing
  • Placing the blame on other people
  • Changing subjects
  • Avoiding conversation

Symptoms may vary from one individual to the next, especially considering the various drug(s) they are consuming, most signs of addiction are generally quite similar. While there are additional red flags that may indicate someone is struggling with an addiction or mental health problem, such as numbing emotions, blackouts, and withdrawing from family and friends, above are some of the most common signs that your loved one may need treatment.

Treatment and Mental Health Support Is Available at Portner Counseling

Each addiction or mental health issue requires specialized treatment in order to overcome it. At Portner Counseling Group, we offer individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling services to help anyone who is suffering from a mental health or addiction problem. We can help your loved one get on the right path towards meeting goals, rebuilding relationships, and sobriety by giving them what they need to overcome substance abuse and possible co-occurring disorders.

Contact our licensed mental health counselors at our Pompano treatment center today to take the first step towards giving your loved one the help that they need. We’re more than happy to help, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you.