The first step on the journey to recovery is identifying addiction
Identifying addiction is an imperative part of recovery. Often, a patient or a loved one struggles with the decision to say, “Yes, I have a problem and I need help.” Knowing the warning signs and signals helps define the problem and erases doubts about whether to seek treatment. As the old saying goes, “Identifying the problem is half the battle.”
Recognizing the warning signs is a straightforward method of identifying addiction
There are several behaviors and physical signals that help when identifying addiction in a patient or a loved one. The following list can help with simplifying the process of spotting addiction.
Changes in behavior
- Reckless behavior like careless driving, fighting and participating in illegal activities
- Going out every night or disappearing for days at a time
- Unusual sleep patterns, including sleeping too much or intense insomnia
- Secretive behavior
Changes in mood or personality
- Withdrawal from friends, family and activities
- Losing motivation
- Mood swings
- Lethargic behavior
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Intense periods of elation or hyperactivity, followed by periods of depression
Problems at work or at home
- Increased absenteeism
- Loss of interest in work or home activities
- Supervisors or colleagues complaining about the patient
- Being fired or put on notice at work
- Poor hygiene
- Flushed face and bloodshot eyes
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Smelling like smoke or alcohol
- Slurred words and clumsiness
Important questions to ask when spotting addiction
In addition to looking for warning signs and signals, patients and their loved ones should attempt to answer some critical questions when identifying addiction.
1. Has the patient been consuming more alcohol, drugs or tobacco, or gambling more often?
2. Has the patient tried to stop their addictive behavior with little or no success?
3. Does the patient continue to drink, use drugs, smoke or gamble despite negative consequences that occur as a result of their behavior?
If you answered yes to these questions, it is time to seek help and treatment.
At Kolmac, our staff are experts at identifying addiction
Identifying addiction is not something patients or their loved ones have to tackle alone. If anyone suspects that there is a problem, we encourage him or her to call Kolmac. Getting started is as easy as making a call. Patients can schedule a phone interview or come in for an evaluation. Our professional staff recognizes the signs and symptoms of addiction and can identify problems that need treatment.
For help or more information about identifying addiction, contact us. Recognizing that there is a problem is the beginning of the journey to a new and better life.