There are many signs that point to a substance abuse problem. The biggest thing to look out for is how the person changes. Does the person have a change in mood? Is the person letting their physical appearance go? This also includes clothing. Take someone who normally wears nice clothing. If the person has become sloppy in his or her appearance, this is red flag. What else can be considered a key factor here?
Let’s look at a few right now.
THE PHYSICAL SIGNS
Has the person changed their eating habits? Let’s say a person normally doesn’t eat that much. Let’s say that now he or she is getting into the habit of pigging out. Consider this a warning sign. It can also go the other way too.
Does the person rub their noise a lot? This is something that coke heads do. They will rub their nose, especially after they have snorted a line. Don’t turn a blind eye to this. If the person is doing this a lot, there is a reason. I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s not because the person has a cold.
Does the person have excessive energy? Excessive energy involves being up at all hours of the night. Running around when it’s not needed. Unusual sleeping habits. Most of the time the addict will sleep during the day and be up all night. This is peak hours for drug taking. If someone you know is doing this, this is cause for concern.
Does the person skip class a lot, and I do mean a lot? Does the person call in sick to work more times than needed? An addict will normally skip class or work just to get high. Sometimes the person will show up, but they will show up very late. It’s often times very noticeable when the person does show up late.
The person is very secretive about things. The addict will also get very defensive at the drop of a hat. Anything will set this person off. If you notice this happening to someone you love, please don’t ignore this.
An addict will normally drop their healthy friends. They do this in favor of hanging out with their drug friends. In fact, their drug friends are their new friends. Only problem is, they aren’t real friends. They are strictly there for the party. There is nothing you can do about this. The addict has to figure it out on his or her own.
If you notice that your “best friend” has pushed you aside in favor of his or her “new friends,” this is not good.
What can you do? The best thing you can do is call Narconon Fresh Start. Tell them what is going on. They will give you advice on how to handle it. Your friend needs to be cleaned up. Give them a call today. They will walk you through everything you need to do.