Drug addiction is harder to detect than most people realize. Some signs that can stop an addiction in its infancy that most people don’t realize are a sudden change in body weight or flu-like symptoms (even if they attribute it to external factors like food poisoning). Even if the person is using a medication that’s prescribed to them or just “recreationally,” some of the following signs are indicators of dependence. In this case, they will require drug addiction intervention.
How To Tell If Drug Addiction Intervention is Necessary
- Continue use despite contrary knowledge – Do they continue to use despite knowing the substance is harmful (using pain pills after knowing they can kill you by sending you into respiratory failure).
- Time Consuming – Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are lost because of substance use. (they call in sick often, or stay home and don’t involve themselves in activities).
- Takes a lot of time – A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substances (visiting multiple doctors, faking injuries, or “going to the store” several times a day.)
There are other criteria that we will discuss along with other behaviors on this website. Overall, there are seven criteria, of which, they must meet criteria for three to be considered dependent. If you are unsure they are dependent, please call Compassionate Interventions at 844-243-8358 for a free consultation and see if intervention may be appropriate.
The worst thing you can do is give merit to any hopelessness you may feel. If you feel hopeless, please call us for a free consultation. It is our mission to help you guide you to a better way of life. For more information, visit our addiction treatment resources page and learn more about Compassionate Interventions.