Signs a Loved One is Suffering from Drug Addiction


It is estimated that almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. In other words, addiction is a widespread issue that rarely receives the attention it deserves. If a loved one is suffering from a drug addiction, it is important for you to be able to recognize the signs so that you can help them seek treatment quickly before the problem really begins to spiral out of control. Here are the main signs to watch out for.

Physical changes

Physical changes will almost always be present when drugs are an issue. For instance, your loved one may lose or gain weight suddenly, their pupils may always seem to be dilated, and their hands may shake more than usual. They might also start complaining about other health-related symptoms, such as bad headaches, nausea, and having trouble sleeping. Obviously, all of these signs can be indications of a host of many other problems, such as sickness, stress, or an eating disorder. However, if coupled with any of the other signs as mentioned below, there is a good chance that drugs are involved.

Emotional changes

Along with physical changes, drug users will start to exhibit a wide range of emotional changes. For example, they may become angry a lot faster than they usually do, or show little to no interest in activities that they used to enjoy. They may show symptoms of depression or anxiety, experience frequent mood swings, get into fights and arguments more often, as well as engage in risky behaviors.

Drug paraphernalia

Most drugs require the help of certain ‘equipment' to get into a person's blood stream. For instance, cocaine users will often use a bank card and a rolled-up dollar bill, while those who are using heroin or prescription painkillers may utilize needles in order to inject themselves. Pipes and bongs are also extremely common types of drug paraphernalia.

What to do if you suspect a drug problem

So, you have noticed some of the changes listed above and are worried that your loved one is struggling with drugs. How do you handle the situation? While your initial reaction is likely to be anger and disappointment, this is not how you should confront them. They will likely be more open to seeking treatment if you show both concern and support instead. The secret is to get them into a great rehab that will aid them in getting off of the drugs and getting their lives back on track. Obviously, these treatment facilities cost money, with a minimum cost usually being somewhere around $5,000. As such, you may be wondering about Unitedhealthcare drug rehab coverage. The great news is that drug rehab is generally covered up to a point, but the amount of coverage available will depend on various factors. Be sure to do research on Unitedhealthcare’s suggested drug rehab centers for the highest possible chance of obtaining complete cover.

You can be there to help your loved one now that you know the signs to keep an eye out for. Here’s hoping that the road to recovery is as straight forward as it can possibly be.

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