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How to Identify Drug Abuse in a Loved One

Have you noticed that your loved one has been acting a little bit off lately? If you suspect that someone you care about could be abusing drugs, then it is important to address it right away. By waiting you only risk exasperating the problem and having it turn into a much bigger issue, at which point it might be harder to get your loved one to agree to enter into a Massachusetts drug rehab center.

Some of the common signs that will help you identify drug abuse in a loved one include:

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in attitude or friends with no identifiable cause or reason
  • Confusion
  • Constant need for money
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Mood swings
  • Needle marks
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Preoccupation with doing or obtaining drugs
  • Problems with coordination
  • Red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Shakiness
  • Tremors
  • Unusual weight loss or gain


However, it can be hard to tell if someone is experimenting with drugs or is to the point of abusing drugs that they need a Massachusetts drug rehab program in order to recover. Luckily, there are many signs that are red flags that drug use has escalated into an addiction. Some of these signs include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dilated or constricted pupils for short time
  • Needle marks and similar evidence on the body
  • Frequent absenteeism or tardiness to school or work
  • Frequent confusion
  • Hostility when confronted about drug use
  • Mood swings
  • Poor attitude towards personal hygiene
  • Preoccupation with using or finding drugs
  • Shakiness
  • Spends the majority of their time using or recovering from the effects of drugs
  • Tremors
  • Unable or unwilling to quit using drugs despite financial, family, health and legal problems


By addressing an addiction early on, you could potentially save your loved one from years and years of destructive behavior. Treating addiction in the early stages, at a Massachusetts drug rehab center, increases the chances of a successful recovery, as well as lessens the impact it has on themselves and everyone around them. When confronting your loved one about their substance abuse, be prepared for them to be defensive about the situation. Make sure to approach them with a supportive and loving approach so they feel comfortable opening up to you.

If you or a loved one are in need of a quality Massachusetts drug rehab program, then call Treatment Alternatives today for more information.

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