Signs of Drug Addiction in a SpouseDrug Addiction
It is easy to find yourself in just as much denial about your spouse’s drug addiction as they may find themselves in about their own addiction. But the facts are that if you have an odd feeling about the changes and severe shifts in your partner, you should look into it. It is usually that guttural feeling that is trying to tell you that something is not right. If you feel that drugs play a part in this behavioural change, here are a few signs that could reaffirm this fear and if in fact, your partner is abusing drugs, get he or she the help they need (this will take patience and a lot of energy if you are willing to expend it.)
The physical effects of drug use vary from drug to drug. Here are some basic warning signs. If there has been a severe and astounding change in physical appearance such as weight loss or weight gain, drugs may very well play a part in this. Some drugs suppress appetite so severely and expend a lot of energy in the user that their weight will fly off quickly and severely (other drugs have the opposite effect and increase appetite of the user.) Look for blood shot eyes or dilated pupils, while many addicts will go to great lengths to hide this with the use of eye drops, once they are in the grips of addiction their need to care about hiding things dwindles and they become complacent. With that in mind finding eye drops could also be a sign of drug use. Injection marks, puffiness, heavy sniffing, nose bleeds, brittle hair and a change in skin colour all point to the signs of drug abuse.
Then there is the drug paraphernalia, this is a sure sign that your spouse is using (or someone else living in your home.) Dodgy pipe apparatus’s, burnt spoons, razors, mirrors, rolled up notes, straws, lighters, bongs… the list goes on. These are usually signs that you have an addict in your midst.
The social signs are a lot more complicated and sometimes gradual and for others they develop quickly and shockingly. Isolation, mood swings, hyper activity, lethargy, sleeping all the time or not sleeping at all… all these changes may be caused from drug abuse and only get worse over time. If your spouse seems a completely different person with unpredictable and ever changing personality and paranoia, you may be living with an addict.
There will be a time when it gets unbearable, and you will need to contact drug addiction rehab centres like Houghton House for help.
Before confronting your spouse with anger, speak to a professional as an intervention may be needed to get him or her on the path of recovery. Addiction is a disease and with the right help it can be arrested. It is up to you if you are willing to see your partner through the process of recovery or not. Keep yourself safe, drug addiction is a selfish disease and you can’t force someone to get clean if they do not want to be clean… you can only lead the way or simple leave.
Drug addiction in a spouse is never an easy situation. If you suspect that your spouse is struggling with drugs addictions, then it is up to you to get them the help they need to recover and take back control of your life. In order to do this, it will be a tough thing for your family to go through, but getting your spouse back will be worth it.
If you are wondering how you can identify the addiction in your spouse, you need to know what signs to be on the lookout for. Primarily you will notice that your spouse is a lot moodier than normal. Drug addiction will also take away the appetite of the addict, and a remarkable drop in weight can also be noticed.
The addict won’t have a normal sleeping pattern, and will be tired and look haggard most of the time. These and many other clues is what you will be presented with when your spouse is on drugs. Many times society and the help available to the addicts are only concentrated on the addict, and the silent victims goes ignored. The family of the addicts is the silent victims here. It impacts you, too, and you should also receive help and counselling to deal with this.
When your spouse starts his or her recovery and rehabilitation, it is necessary for you to take an active role in their recovery. This is necessary so that the addict can see how their addiction has impacted you and the family too, and so that you can understand better the challenges that they face with the addiction. This is partly what it requires in order for you to help your spouse to take back control of their life and just to embrace a life of sobriety and return your spouse to your life together.