Your loved one may need rehab if they cannot control their drug use, act like a different person, have financial struggles or health issues because of substance abuse or put themselves and others in danger while intoxicated.
It may be difficult to admit that your loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, but watching an addiction destroy their life is even worse. Knowing the signs that someone needs help with substance abuse can help you support them in the difficult choice to seek treatment.
Five signs your loved one needs to go to rehab are:
- they show physical signs of substance abuse
- they act differently because of substance abuse
- they’ve lost control over drug use
- they have money problems from buying drugs
- they cause harm to themselves or others
A person does not have to show all of these signs to need help. Addressing addiction before it consumes someone’s life can save them from many devastating consequences.
Often, people hide their addiction from their loved ones, so they may be experiencing more of these things than you know.
1. They’ve Lost Control Over Drug Use
Many people can take prescription drugs or drink alcohol without developing an addiction to them. However, if your loved one seems to consume these substances excessively, this can indicate a serious problem.
When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they depend on them as a vital part of life. They feel that they need drugs to get through the day, and may continue to take them in increasing amounts as their tolerance grows. They may mix drugs for a stronger effect.
Someone may make promises to cut back or stop but are unable to follow through, even if they want to do so.
Loss of control over drug use often leads to more time being spent seeking, taking, and under the influence of drugs. These substances become a priority while other areas of a person’s life suffer.
2. They Act Differently Because Of Substance Abuse
Your loved one may need help with substance abuse if they are no longer the person you used to know.
Depending on the type of drug they are using, an individual may seem sedated and apathetic or full of energy and anxious. As drug use increases in importance to them, they will likely lose interest in hobbies and social activities that they used to enjoy.
They may be secretive about how they spend their time and may associate with a new group of people who also abuse drugs or alcohol. This can cause strain in relationships, particularly with close friends and family members who are worried about their loved one’s well-being.
Some people become so consumed with alcohol or drug use that their performance at work or school suffers. This can result in job loss or bad grades, which is especially concerning if your loved one has always done well in these areas in the past.
3. They Have Money Problems From Buying Drugs
Substance abuse can get expensive. The more drugs or alcohol a person consumes, the harder it is for them to hide how much money they are spending on their addiction. If they run out of money, they will continue to buy drugs or alcohol by any means necessary.
Some people sell their possessions to pay for more drugs; some steal from their family members and friends. Your loved one may claim to need money for necessities like food, gas, or rent, only to use it on drugs or alcohol.
Money problems become even worse if a person loses their job due to drug use, and the desperation drives some people to do things they would never have done to feed the addiction.
4. Showing Physical Signs Of Substance Abuse
Long-term substance abuse weakens the immune system. The more your loved one abuses drugs or alcohol, the more likely they are to get sick and experience other adverse health effects.
Depending on the substance of abuse, your loved one may show physical signs like:
- pinpoint pupils
- dilated pupils
- flushed skin
- scars from injection drug use
- nosebleeds from snorting drugs
- burn marks from a crack pipe
- skin sores that don’t heal
- excessive weight loss
- heart problems
- withdrawal symptoms
Prolonged drug abuse can damage a person’s mental health as well. Some drugs cause aggression, paranoia, hallucinations, and psychosis.
A person who is suffering from addiction and needs to go to rehab will continue abusing drugs or alcohol despite these obvious negative consequences.
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5. They Cause Harm To Themselves Or Others
Alcohol and drug abuse change the way a person thinks and acts. When they are intoxicated, they are more likely to take risks such as sharing drug paraphernalia, having unprotected sex, or driving under the influence. These actions can have the serious consequences of disease transmission or a car accident that harms innocent bystanders.
A person struggling with substance abuse may also choose inappropriate times to use drugs or alcohol, such as when they are supposed to be taking care of a child. This puts the child in danger of being unsupervised as well as being with someone who may behave unpredictably.
Inpatient Rehab At The Bluffs
Our inpatient rehab program at The Bluffs gives your loved one a safe place to live away from home while they work on overcoming addiction. This removes them from distractions and triggers that can cause a relapse.
We use behavioral and experiential therapies for a holistic approach that addresses how addiction changes a person’s life and health in many ways. Rather than applying the same treatment plan to everyone, we offer individualized care to ensure your loved one’s needs are met in recovery.