Help Your Loved One
Signs Your Loved One is Using Drugs or Alcohol
There are many physical and behavioral signs that someone is abusing alcohol or drugs. Many substances have different manifestations, but here are some general indicators that can reveal a drug problem.
- Sudden behavior changes or mood swings
- Withdrawing from family
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
- Changes in sleeping pattern
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Spending increasing amounts of time with questionable friends
Encouraging Your Loved One to Seek Help
Guilt and shame hold many addicts back from seeking help. Most addicts want to change, but don’t know how to break the cycle of needing the substance to function. Here are a few tips on helping your loved one begin the path to recovery.
Find the right facility first! Research different treatment options, narrowing them down until you find the best environment and approach for that person.
Approach him when he is the most sober. In most cases, this is when he first wakes up.
Speak to the addict calmly, without accusations or criticism. He already feels guilty and needs to know that you love and support him.
Listen for statements about wanting to get clean. Let him know that you want to help any way you can.
If he says he definitely wants to quit drugs or alcohol, calmly let him know you have found a Christian recovery center that can help.
If he agrees to receive help, have everything lined up so all you need to do is pack and arrange transportation to our Prescott Valley rehab. You’ll want him to arrive there before withdrawals can begin, so trained staff can help him through the medical detox process.
For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope . Jeremiah 29:11
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