With rising stress because of the corona virus, children suddenly attempting to school at home, work changes and health risks the threat of addiction significantly increases. How do you tell if someone has an alcohol or drug problem? There are several signs and symptoms.
Disheveled, Unhygienic, Smell of alcohol or other strange smells
Glassy eyes, Pinned or dilated pupils, Red eyes
“Nodding,” Unsteady gait
Slurred speech, Tense or pressured speech
Changes in weight or eating habits , Nausea/vomiting, Constipation
Flat / constricted / blunted affect (especially given subject of conversation)
Over-reactions, overly aggressive, overly passive
Disinhibition, increase in irritability or emotionally unresponsive
Missing regular appointments/responsibilities (school, work, gym, etc)
Isolation, sudden changes in social circle
Physical or emotional symptoms present in social circle
Concerns with “cleansing;” cranberry juice, “fake urine
Changes in depression and/or anxiety
Delusions or hallucinations, abnormal fixations, paranoia
Manic or depressive crashes; high-risk behavior
Changes in spending habits (suddenly without money/borrowing money)
Also, discovering drug paraphernalia can also be a significant indicator: spoons, pill bottles, needles, blunts, bottles/nips, strange powders/packaging.
The important thing is not to freak out. Have a calm, non-accusatory conversation. Also listen to your instincts and be aware of someone minimizing, justifying or otherwise shifting the focus of the conversation. Also check out Alliesinrecovery.net for some help and support on how to talk about these things with a loved one in an effective manner.
I help people who struggle with drinking or using drugs find a life worth living. Helping people thrive in Milford, Franklin, Medway, Uxbridge, Bellingham, Mendon, Whitinsville and surrounding towns.