If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you might not even know it. Millions of addicts have no idea that they are in fact dependent on the drug. It is not even that they deny it. They really do not know. It is important to recognize the habits of people addicted to drugs or alcohol so you don’t fall into this trap.
Risk Taking Behavior
This is one of the first signs that appear. They could be taking risks to get the drugs or they could be taking risks because they are on the drug. Risk taking behavior can include something simple like driving too fast or something more complex like provoking people who they know are going to hurt them. You know yourself or your loved one the best. Only you can recognize what is normal and what is risk taking.
Secretive behavior usually isn’t a good sign. It can mean something like they are planning a surprise party or something more complicated like drug use. When it is obvious that someone is hiding something and they are not likely to plan a surprise dinner, chances are something at the very least illegal is going on. Secretive behavior can mean strange absences or secretive phone calls. Rushing off after a phone call and not telling you where they are going is a very big habit many people on drugs develop.
Frequent absences from work, school, or home is a habit that people trying to hide their drug or alcohol use often develop. These absences can cause everything from problems with a spouse or parent to loss of employment. Many times their absences cause very negative consequences but they continue to be gone because of the addiction.
Mood swings or psychiatric problems are not really a habit but are a good sign that someone is using drugs if they are out of the ordinary. These mood swings often come when they are crashing or when in withdrawal. It is important to understand that the mood swings are abnormal. They can be a sign of mental illness without drug use. Only a qualified professional will be able to tell. Mental illness and drug use go hand in hand. If someone is suffering from a mental illness they are at risk for substance abuse.
How to Get Help
No single habit indicates drug or alcohol abuse. If these habits are unusual, then you might be at risk. If they are normal, there is a good chance that there is still something wrong and help is still needed. If they are coupled with any of the signs of drug addiction, then you want to seek help.
You can find which it is by calling 800-654-0987. Our operators can find you the right one out of all of the California rehab centers or the right one where ever you might be. We are here 24/7 and are here to help you. All you have to do is call.