Discovering that a loved one has an addiction is never easy. All at once decisions have to be made about how to deal with the barrage of medical and psychological challenges that the addict faces on a daily basis. One of the first things that persons can do is learn the signs and symptoms of substance abuse so they can take the first step to helping their friend or family member onto the path of recovery.

Each drug has its own unique manifestations but there are some general indications that a person is using drugs:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Mood swings; irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright
  • Withdrawal from family members
  • 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
  • Red or glassy eyes
  • Sniffly or runny nose

Click here for a more detailed list of the effects of drug abuse.

Very often an addicted person will initially refuse to consider rehabilitation and the family may be disappointed that they cannot help. Enlisting professional help can provide the assistance you need to achieve your goal of sobriety for the addicted person.