More often than not, addictions start with an experimental use of a drug or alcohol in social situations. And for some people, the use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of the substance to get their desired effect, and soon a person may need the substance to simply feel “good.”
When we see this happen to a loved one, we do everything we can to help. But sometimes, our unconditional love simply isn’t enough.
Signs and symptoms of recent use include:
- Feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence
- Increased alertness
- Increased energy and restlessness
- Behavior changes or aggression
- Rapid or rambling speech
- Dilated pupils
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Irritability or changes in mood
If your loved one comes to mind with any of the above symptoms and behaviors, it may be time to consider counseling for yourself as well. Family members of addicts and alcoholics frequently struggle with impairments in their daily functioning due to the chaos of the addiction.
Symptoms that family members of addicts can typically struggle with:
- low self esteem
- poor boundaries
- people pleasing
- trouble communicating
- painful emotions
- relationship problems
I believe that there are many paths to recovery. I will work with your goals and desires to help you return to your normal level of functioning before the addiction impacted your life. Contact me today for a free consultation.