Substance abuse is an insidious problem that can change the personalities of these who are afflicted with it. Addiction causes individuals to change many of their normal behaviors, and this is often what causes people to suspect their spouses may be abusing drugs or alcohol. Here are some of the changes that indicate the use of drugs or alcohol has reached the stage of addiction:
Abuse of drugs or alcohol will quickly cause changes in the individual’s appearance and grooming habits. You suspect substance abuse if the person:
- Sleeps more or less than usual
- Rapid loss or gain in weight
- Lack of attention to clothes, bathing and personal appearance
- Bloodshot eyes or glazing of the eyes
- Bruises or infections
- More frequent illnesses
The changes in brain chemistry caused by addiction, as well as the need to continue using the substance to maintain comfort, cause a number of changes in behavior:
- Mood changes
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Lying and deception
- Stealing, bouncing checks
A Change of Friends
Your spouse does not spend time with the usual group of friends. Instead, new names and faces show up at your house, sometimes at odd hours. These new individuals may disrupt the normal schedule and pace of your home life.
Unexplained Financial Problems
When an addiction takes hold, an individual only wants to continue using the substance. He or she will use all their money to continue to get more of it, without any concern about other responsibilities. The behavior can lead to severe financial hardship for families of the addicted.
Individuals in the throes of addiction will get arrested for DUI, stealing, bouncing checks or other crimes, because their judgment is impaired, and they cannot control their behavior. The problems can also affect their employment, causing more hardship on their families.
If you are experiencing any of these problems with your spouse, contact an addiction treatment counselor to discuss options for treatment that can get your spouse and family back to a normal life.
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