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Did you know that the rate of death caused by overdosed increased from 15,000 to over 52,000 in the past 20 years?

As this number continues increasing, we’ve come to the realization that no one is exempt from addiction.

And when you find out that your loved one is the one struggling with addiction, it’s not necessarily an easy thing.

How do you identify someone who is struggling with substance abuse? What are the signs of addiction? Let’s talk about it.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is the physical and psychological dependency on a substance that affects both your brain and behavior.

Addiction isn’t only limited to heroin, cocaine, and other hardcore drugs. As a matter of fact, the American Addiction Center website recorded over 21.5 million Americans struggling with substance abuse including alcohol, nicotine, and painkillers.

What Are The Signs Of Addiction?

Do you suspect your loved one or someone you know is struggling with addiction? Let’s take a look at the signs you should be looking for.

1. Obsessive Behavior

This is going to be one of the most common symptoms. Usually, people that struggle with addiction offset their priorities. Their substance of choice becomes their main focus and obligations such as family and school become secondary.

2. Denial Of Addiction

No one ever wants to get confronted about the skeletons they have in their closet. This is why addicts are known for getting combative and aggressive when approached about their addictions. A staple reaction would consist of downplaying their addiction and/or avoiding trying to explain themselves.

3. The Physical Signs

As you can imagine there are also physical signs associated with addiction. They include but are not limited to:

  • Enlarged pupils
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Poor physical coordination
  • Slurred and/or mumbled speech

The signs of overdose are different than those of addiction. If your loved one or someone you know is experiencing the following symptoms, seek help immediately.

  • Drowsiness
  • Aggressive and/or violent mannerisms
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing

What Can I Do To Help?

No one ever wants to see their loved one going through this kind of crisis. And our initial reaction is always going to be to try to help. But as difficult as it might be, there are certain steps you should always follow when dealing with substance abuse.

1. Get Informed

The more you know, the more you’ll be able to identify and treat signs of addiction. There are hundreds of resources that will help push your loved one towards a path of speedy recovery.

2. Find A Detox Program

Drug and alcohol addiction centers are specifically designed to deal with the complex mental and psychological issues that overtake the addict.

Know Someone Struggling With Addiction?

Here at New Leaf Ohio, we want to help. Because we know it can be hard dealing with a loved one struggling with addiction, we provide excellent resources that will help you on this difficult journey. Click here to find out how to get started and/or feel free to contact us! Our professionals are ready to find you help.