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Warning Signs of Substance Abuse to Look for over the Holidays


During the holidays, we are often reunited with extended family members from out of town, children and siblings home from college, and good friends home visiting family. Sometimes this is the first opportunity to discover that person might be struggling personally. Many times that struggle is an abusive relationship with drugs and/or alcohol. It can be difficult to know when to intervene, but it is important to recognize the signs that a person may be in need of treatment.


One of the most obvious signs of substance abuse is a change in behavior. This could include sudden mood swings, unusual irritability or aggression, or a marked change in the way a person interacts with others. If your loved one is suddenly distant or disengaged, this could be a sign that they are struggling with substance abuse.


Another sign to look for is a change in appearance. Substance abuse can take a toll on a person's physical health, leading to weight loss or gain, changes in their skin or hair, or a general decline in their personal grooming habits. If your loved one is looking unkempt or unhealthy, this could be a sign that they are struggling with drugs and/or alcohol.


A third sign to be aware of is a change in performance at work or school. If your loved one is suddenly struggling to meet their responsibilities or their performance at work or school is slipping, this could be a sign that they are struggling with substance addiction. Similarly, if they are missing work or school frequently or experiencing conflicts with colleagues or teachers, these can also be signs of a potential problem.


Finally, it is important to pay attention to changes in social habits. If your loved one is suddenly spending less time with friends and family, or if they are withdrawing from social activities, this could be a sign that they are struggling with substance abuse. Similarly, if they are engaging in risky or dangerous behaviors, such as driving under the influence or engaging in risky sexual behavior, this could also be a sign of a problem.


If you suspect that your friend or loved one is struggling with substance abuse, it is important to intervene and offer them support. Natural State Recovery Centers, located in Little Rock, AR, can provide the help and treatment that your loved one needs to overcome their addiction and begin the journey towards recovery. Don't wait – reach out today and take the first step towards helping your loved one get the help they need.

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