For most people, the holidays are a happy, joyous time full of celebration. The Christmas season is one of giving and reunion, and a lot of people like to get together with old friends and family that they haven’t seen in a long time over the holidays. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a good time for helping one to realize that someone they love and care for has a substance abuse problem.
There are a number of things about the holidays that might highlight a substance abuse problem that one of your loved ones might have developed since you had last seen them. These are all things that most people experience on a yearly basis with their family or others that they share the holidays with.
If someone is behaving differently than they usually do, perhaps there’s reason to suspect that they have a drug problem.
The main reason that the holidays can are a useful time to spot a drug problem is because they are very special moments that stand out in a person’s memory. If you see someone annually at a yearly gathering, you’ll have a fairly solid idea of what their behavior and appearance is like, exempting personal growth. This makes it exceptionally easy to notice behavioral differences in a person.
All of these things are a result of noticing someone’s behavior has changed from what you’re used to it being. Keep in mind, this isn’t always caused by a drug problem – but it could be reason enough for you to look out for some other signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
If you’ve noticed one of the things we’ve already mentioned, don’t be quick to judge. There are more subtle symptoms of drug and alcohol problems that you should look out for before you decide that one of your loved ones has developed a drug addiction.
One of the most obvious signs of drug addiction that families tend to overlook is the frequency with which someone goes to the bathroom. Obviously you won’t want to scrutinize their bathroom habits or make someone uncomfortable. However, most users go to the bathroom to use their drugs.
If someone’s going to the bathroom more than once every hour, and displaying some of these other symptoms of drug use, you might want to approach them about a substance abuse problem.
Keep in mind that some of these signs and symptoms can be caused by a person’s environment, their natural growth and development as they age, or other external conditions. They are not enough to fully diagnose someone with a drug addiction. However, if you feel strongly that you should approach them about a substance abuse problem because of these things, make sure you do so tactfully.
1. Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/drug-abuse-and-addiction.htm
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