It can be painfully difficult to witness anyone going through addiction. However, when it’s under your roof and it’s your partner who is addicted, the situation can be scary, stressful, and very uncertain.
In the early stages of the addiction, there may be confusion in the household. The non-addicted partner begins to see behavioral changes and other uncharacteristic symptoms. Interestingly, it’s often the ones who are closest to the addict who are the least likely to notice the changes because the behaviors are often gradual and subtle.
Common Behavioral Changes In Addicts
However, over time, there are telltale behavioral changes that indicate that addition is a very real possibility. Some of the most common behaviors displayed by addicts include:
- flying off the handle
- difficulty at work
- lack of interest in personal hygiene
Is It Time To Address The Problem?
It’s never easy confronting a loved one who may be struggling with addiction. A good place to start is to consult with an addiction expert or a physician for clinical signs to look for. From there, the next step can be to encourage the individual to see their physician or to get a medical opinion. However, if there are very noticeable signs of an addiction that appear to be getting worse, such as a stash of empty bottles, bags of pills, or containers with drugs, it may be time to conduct an intervention.
Before doing this, it’s wise to obtain the help and advice of either a professional interventionist or a family support group for addicts. It’s also a good idea to find a professional addiction treatment center or detox facility that is ready to provide the appropriate care.
Time Is Of The Essence
Addiction can destroy relationships and families. Addicts often exhibit behaviors and actions that can affect everyone around them. They are also at risk of accidents, injuries and serious illnesses. Addiction is not something to put off for another day or to sweep under the proverbial rug. It’s a very real disease that requires immediate attention.
Is your partner falling further into the grip of addiction? Call Summit Estate for help today. We are here to guide you in the process of getting your loved one the help they need and deserve.
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