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The Behaviour of a Drug Addict

Posted on :  August 1st, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

It’s only natural to want the best for your loved ones, and part and parcel of this desire involves monitoring their behavior for change.

While change is natural and often necessary in any person’s development, sudden change should often be taken as a cue for concern. Perhaps it means nothing at all, or perhaps it should function as a signal that you need to pay attention to future behavior and look for further clues that could point to a cause.

Many drug addicts find themselves feeling very isolated, so if you’re in a position to help, you really should, but before you go in and attempt to stage an intervention, it’s important that you observe their behavior and make sure that you’re sure.

Tell-tale signs

Every individual is different, and as a result, every addict has the potential to behave differently. Consequently, loved ones are often in the best position to judge changes in another’s’ behavior, as they know what is typical and what is not of someone they care about.

However, there are a few commonly-observed patterns of behavior that could point to drug addiction.

While drug addiction affects all aspects of a person’s physiological function, these changes cannot be readily observed by an outsider, so it’s worth looking for emotional cues, among them are:

  • Prone to violence, aggression or irritation
  • Uncharacteristic calmness, energy or talking levels
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Secretive behavior, including dishonesty, theft etc.
  • A new social group
  • Insomnia
  • Quick weight loss or gain
  • Irresponsible financial management
  • Paranoia

What to do if you think a loved one has a problem

Firstly, you want to be sure, and use your own judgement of that person’s typical character. No number of observed signs can guarantee addiction, and instead can point to all manner of wide-ranging personal problems.

However, if you are certain that someone you care about is suffering with drug addiction, you need to tread carefully. Firstly, do not attempt to confront them about it if you feel angry. It is natural to feel a whole host of emotions, but approaching an already-isolated person with anger will only serve to isolate them, and you, further.

Begin by learning about the root causes of drug addiction. Understanding how it works will give you greater insight into the behavior of your loved one.

After that it is important that you seek help as part of a collaborative exercise. Let the addict know that they are not alone, and you are there every step of the way.

If you or anyone you know wishes to seek help for addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, you can make the first step by contacting Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one. Don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll be happy to help you.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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