Loading... Millions of people around the country are battling with addiction right now as you read this. If you believe a loved one is currently suffering from an addiction of their own, it's natural to want to help. After all, they are important to you, and you want to see them succeed. Helping your loved one find a suitable addiction treatment program can save their life and get them back on the right track. However, before you take any steps towards approaching them about any possible addiction, you will want to be sure they are, in fact, battling addiction. It's important to not jump to any conclusions, which is why understanding the signs of addiction is necessary. While each person handles (and experiences) addiction in different ways, there's a good chance your loved one will demonstrate several of these signs of addiction. Personal Signs Of Addiction Perhaps it isn't a family member that is struggling with addiction, but you believe you've become addicted. Some specific signs may indicate you've formed an addiction to a drug (both prescribed and obtained through alternative measures). Some of these signs include: \tHolding onto the medication when it is no longer needed \tWhen the drug wears off, you feel depressed, sick to the stomach, are shaky, your sweat increases, or you suffer from headaches. These are signs your body has developed a dependency on the drug \tUsing the drug even when you don't want to \tContinually thinking about using the drug or how to get more of it \tDoing dangerous things when using the drug \tStruggling with maintaining relationships, both personally and professionally Physical Signs of Possible Addiction If you're not around your loved one at all times of the day, you will likely not spot most (if any) of the above signs. However, there are both physical and behavioral signs of addiction you can still spot when spending time with your loved one. Some of the physical signs to watch out for include: \tEither always sleepy or have a burst of energy that isn't normal to how they usually act \tDilated pupils and red eyes \tNose is continuously running, and they are always sniffing (especially not during cold season) \tSudden weight loss \tStrange body odors \tA shift in their eating habits \tThey generally look unhealthy \tOdd talking ticks, such as repeating what they just said Behavioral Signs Beyond the way they physically look and smell, there are some behavioral changes they might be experiencing. Some of the behavioral signs you should look out for include: \tSudden legal problems \tMissing appointments with school, work, or socially \tDitching important events and coming up with random excuses \tFinancial problems \tConstantly talking about alcohol or drugs \tProblems with their relationships \tQuick to become angry and argue, even over small issues \tNo longer show any interest in what might have excited them Most importantly, you will know when a loved one is acting differently. Especially if you are a close friend or family member that has known them for years. You will be able to spot when they are suddenly acting differently. The Help Needed Is A Call Away Addiction is a difficult thing. However, it doesn't need to be impossible. It's also not a life sentence. The best way to help a loved one come back and live a healthy, sober life, is to understand and identify the signs of addiction. From there, our staff at the Lucida Treatment Center is here to provide rehab services. Treatment programs you might encounter at our Florida rehab center include: \tMedical drug detox \tResidential addiction treatment programs \tDual diagnosis treatment programs \tMen's addiction treatment programs \tWomen's addiction treatment programs We understand not only the pain and anguish your loved one is going through, which is why we dedicate our lives to helping people just like that. If you want to learn more about our services, have questions, or your loved one is ready to take the next step to a better life, please feel free to call our Lucida Treatment Center staff at .