The worry and fear you may be feeling about your loved one’s drug and alcohol abuse may be keeping you up at night. Your mind may drift to the worst scenarios, fueling your suspicions of the drug she or he is using or the level of the abuse.
You may smell something suspicious, notice odd secluded behavior, see him or her becoming too aggressive or defensive over simple questions about the day, overindulging in alcohol too often. You should trust your instinct.
You know your loved one better than anyone, and if you believe he or she is suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, you may be up late at night feeling as though you can’t do anything to help.
In general, drugs and alcohol are an outlet. Whether it is a self-medicating coping mechanism, or a need to fit in or let loose; noticing these changes in his or her life is a good indicator that he or she could be abusing drugs for a reason.
Other key indicators of excessive drug & alcohol abuse are secretive behavior, hiding phones, short or snippy answers to questions about daily activities, and withholding information regarding plans or lying about his or her whereabouts or social circle.
Drug-seeking behaviors like stealing or sneaking around, or physical changes like needle marks and/or bloodshot eyes can be key indicators of your loved one abusing mind-altering substances. If your gut is telling you something is off, trust yourself.