It’s not always easy to notice when a loved one is using drugs, and even when you can tell that they are using, it’s not always easy for you to address. So, how do you really know when a significant other, child, sibling, or parent is using drugs? It certainly helps to learn what signs to recognize.
Signs a Loved One Is Using Drugs
There are a handful of signs to watch for when you suspect a loved one is using drugs. These signs can help you become aware and alert you when it’s time to confront your loved one about their addiction.
Being Distant & Cold
If your loved one typically interacts with you or regularly partakes in a favorite pastime but has recently given you space, you may want to take a look at what is causing them to drift.
There are a number of reasons that a loved one can give off the cold shoulder, but it isn’t always because of something that you’ve done. In fact, it may be because of something that they are doing, which is making them react in an abnormal way, such as using drugs or alcohol.
Keeping Secrets from You
Not only may your loved one become distant and cold when they are using drugs, but they will also become secretive.
When a person starts using drugs, they may attempt to conceal their habit. They may try to act like they are going to one place when they are really going to another. They may hide who they are hanging out with or be cautious of you looking around certain places in your home.
Ask yourself if your loved one has been more secretive than usual because the reality is they may very well be hiding an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Coming Back Home at Unusual Times
Has your loved one been arriving home at odd hours of the night? Do they spend more time out of the home than usual? Is a child continuously breaking their curfew? Or are they sneaking out?
These can be big warning signs that your loved one is up to something, and it may very well involve using drugs and alcohol.
Exhaustion can be a common sign and symptom of just about anything, including stress, depression, physical illness, and drug addiction. If your loved one is using drugs in the morning or all throughout the night, they may appear exhausted. Drugs tend to put a strain on the body and can make a person appear exhausted.
Not to mention, if they were up the whole night using drugs, they are likely to appear tired. Depending on what types of drugs they are using, they may be nodding off – which should be a clear indicator that something is just not right.
Agitation & Defensiveness
Along with being tired, your loved one may become agitated or overly defensive. If your loved one is typically level-headed and understanding, this should be a major warning that something is going on.
When a person is using drugs, they will start to get defensive about their behaviors. They may justify them staying out later than normal or gaslight you to make you feel like you are crazy.
One of the most obvious clues that your loved one is using drugs is when you find drug paraphernalia in their room, car, clothes pockets, belongings, or personal space. Whether you went looking or happened to stumble upon it, the reality is that they are not “holding it for a friend” and they do know “how it got there.”
When you find that your loved one has drugs, you should plan out how you will approach the subject because it’s definitely time to intervene.
It can be tough to discover that a loved one is using drugs, and sometimes the signs of drug use can overlap with other issues. This is why it’s important to know the signs and recognize when a loved one is experiencing some or all of them so that you can reach out and let your loved one know about your concerns before the problem progresses.
Do you have a loved one that you are concerned about? Do you fear that they are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction? Reach out to The Detox Center for support now at 866-277-9045.