Signs of Addiction in Young Adults for Parents
Parents are the first line of defense for young adults developing a drug or alcohol addiction. Are there any of these addiction signs or symptoms occurring around you or your child? If so contact us immediately and talk to a substance abuse professional. We are here to help you 24 hours a day. We are The Young Adults In Recovery Treatment Center.
How Are Parents Affected? Before we discuss the warning signs you need to look for if you are concerned about your child, including the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use, we need to talk about how you have been affected by their alcohol and drug use. Your ability to be helpful depends on how much you understand about alcohol and drugs as well as how you have been affected by their alcohol and drug use.
In fact, the most important thing you can do to help your son or daughter is to commit to getting help and support for yourself and detect the warning signs listed on this page. Allow us to help you build a plan of action to help your loved one, just fill out the information requested below.
Physical well-being warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse
- Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
- Frequent nosebleeds could be related to snorted drugs (meth or cocaine).
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
- Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises where they don’t know how they got hurt.
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
- Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug abuse
- Drop in attendance and performance at work, school, loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise leading to complaints.
- Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money.
- Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors, avoiding eye contact.
- Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
- Using incense, perfume, or air fresheners to hide the smells of smoke, drugs, or alcohol.
- Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils.
Psychological signs of drug or alcohol abuse
- Unexplained, confusing change in personality and/or attitude.
- Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
- Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
- Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, for no apparent reason.