Deciding if Your Partner Needs Help

Recognizing addiction in a loved one can be one of the first helpful steps on their path to recovery. But what are the signs of addiction? There are actually many, and they can be physical, psychological, and behavioral.

Physical Symptoms

Drug addiction can be incredibly destructive to the body over time, but the initial physical symptoms of addiction may be subtle. They can include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Poor Coordination
  • An Unkempt Appearance
  • Slurred Speech
  • Enlarged Pupils
  • Weight Loss

Behavioral Symptoms

Strange or unusual behavior is often associated with addiction. This is not only caused by the addiction itself, but also from the behaviors associated with hiding and maintaining it. These symptoms can include the following:

  • Obsessive Thoughts
  • Compulsive Actions
  • A Disregard for Self Harm
  • Loss of Control
  • Denial of Addiction
  • Hiding Drug Abuse

Psychological Symptoms

The psychological symptoms of addiction can be some of the most troubling if you loved on is struggling with addiction. Look for any of the following:

  • Lack of Motivation
  • Anger Outbursts
  • Personality Changes
  • Withdraw and Isolation
  • Sudden Mood Swings
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiousness
  • Inattentiveness

If you think that someone you care about may have an addiction problem, consider speaking with a professional to better assess your situation.