Does Your Loved One Need Help with Drug and Alcohol Addiction?
Drug and alcohol addiction touches more than just the person afflicted. The impacts go well beyond the individual who is addicted, with a ripple effect seen in families, friends, and society as a whole. At Transitions, we believe that early identification allows for early intervention. We hope this article will help families and friends to identify signs that can indicate their loved one needs help, as well as what they can do to support them.
1) Change of life priorities and interests
One of the most obvious signs that your loved one may need help with addiction is when they start prioritising drugs and alcohol over other areas of their life. Being too hungover or high to get to school or work is a telltale sign of someone placing their addiction first. Secondly, we’ve seen that as individuals become more entrenched in their disease, they usually lose interest in things they once enjoyed and instead opt for activities that revolve around drinking and using instead.
2) Physical and mental changes
Physical and mental health problems often arise when someone abuses alcohol and drugs. Changes in appetite, physical appearance and energy are some of the more obvious signs a loved one is abusing substances. Mental effects such as mood swings, anxiety, and depression might be harder to identify but are commonplace among those suffering from addiction.
3) Major Consequences
As we know, addiction is a progressive disease, getting worse and never better as time passes. The vicious cycle of addictions and self-destructive behaviour tends to escalate with a range of damaging outcomes such as financial problems, legal issues, broken relationships and accidents causing injury or death all possible.
What can family and friends do to help?
If you notice any of these signs in your loved one, it’s essential to approach them with compassion and empathy. Addiction is a complex disease that affects individuals differently, and it can be challenging to understand what they are going through. It’s crucial to avoid judgment or criticism and instead approach them with a desire to support and help them overcome their addiction.
One of the best things you can do to support your loved one is to encourage them to seek professional help at a treatment facility. At Transitions Bali, we offer a specialised treatment programs tailor-made to individual needs. Our expert staff can help your loved one acquire the tools and resources they need to recover from addiction and lead a healthy and fulfilling life.