Can You Spot Addiction’s Red Flags?
Many physical and behavioral signs of substance abuse are easy to recognize, but psychological indicators may be difficult to interpret.

Many physical and behavioral signs of substance abuse are easy to recognize, but psychological indicators may be difficult to interpret.

Bloodshot eyes, fluctuating weight, sudden changes in interests or relationships, inattention to personal appearance or hygiene — any of these signs commonly raise suspicion of drug or alcohol dependence. Other indicators, however, can be mistaken for the results of everyday stress.

“If someone has drug- or alcohol-induced mood swings, you might think he or she is simply having a bad day,” says Sandy Potter, vice president of Behavioral Health at Texas Health Resources. “Anxiety may indicate withdrawal, but it can appear to be a symptom of work- or family-related stress. If you see some of these potential signs of addiction, observe the individual closely for other telltale clues or patterns of strange behavior, and then speak with him or her about your concerns.”

Knowing When to Seek Help

Sometimes, clients take the first step themselves. Other times, it’s a family member or health professional who is concerned about that person’s well-being. A complimentary assessment is the first step in creating a personalized care plan. Contact us today to begin the process or to ask questions about your insurance benefits.

The Texas Health Behavioral Health help line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 682-236-6023.

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