How can a person tell if they're addicted to drugs or alcohol? It's not always easy to know, especially when that person is using. Some drugs, especially opiate painkillers, can cloud one's perception to the point where they believe that nothing is wrong.
If you think someone you care for might be addicted, there are signs and symptoms to watch for. According to addiction and recovery experts in Flower Mound the following are classic indicators of drug or alcohol addiction:
Secrecy and lies
If your loved one suddenly demands a lot more privacy than usual, it might mean that they're hiding drug use. If they disappear for long spans of time and become agitated when you ask where they were, they might be frequenting drug hangouts.
A sudden change in behavior is often an indication of drug abuse. If a formerly sociable friend abruptly becomes a hermit, something may be wrong. If your loved one becomes forgetful, anxious or violent, they may have a drug problem. Mood swings are another indicator that something may be amiss.
School and/or work performance decreases
If a high academic achiever suddenly starts flunking or dropping out of classes, it could indicate drug use. If an excellent employee starts coming in late or showing up in disarray, it could be a sign of substance abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse are big problems in Flower Mound. Read an issue of The Leader for proof of that.
Please understand that a person who shows the above signs is not necessarily a drug abuser or addict. If two or more of these signs appear at around the same time, please give us a call. We offer compassionate in-house treatment for people who struggle with drug and alcohol problems. We are here to help your friend get well.
Should You Travel for Treatment?
For many of those addicted to drugs or alcohol, your first course of action will be in deciding geographically where you want to attend treatment. While those who are interested in outpatient care will be best served by attending a treatment center in their hometown, those who are concerned about privacy or who need to make special arrangements for their care may be interested in going to surrounding cities and traveling for treatment.
For example, you may prefer a faith-based approach to recovery that matches your religious choices. In other situations, your choice of drug and alcohol rehab center may be solely based on how holistic the center’s approach to recovery is. In either of these cases, travel may be necessary in order to fulfill your personal requirements for treatment. We can help you make the decision on whether or not travel for treatment will be the right choice for you or your loved one. At your convenience, please call our toll-free number to speak with a representative who can help you make these critical decisions and others as well.