One of the first signs that someone is drinking too much is that they begin to develop a tolerance. This means that they stop feeling the effects of alcohol, despite how much they drink. One or two drinks may not be enough anymore. If you begin to notice your loved one is drinking more than usual, keep an eye on how much and how their behavior does or does not change. If they seem to be exhibiting sober behavior and mindset even after several drinks, you might consider a drug and alcohol rehab in Denver.
Fluctuations in weight are often a sign something is wrong. Always check first to see if another issue is to blame for the weight loss or gain, but if it is otherwise unexplained, it could be the result of drugs or alcohol. This happens because addicts tend to prioritize whatever substance they are addicted to over food, so if they are low on cash, they may be eating less to afford to use or drink. Likewise, if someone is attempting to stop using a substance they have become dependent on, they may suddenly gain weight as that fixation shifts to over-consumption of food.
Strange Body Odors
If your loved one has suddenly stopped maintaining body hygiene, that could be a sign something is wrong. Depending on the substance they’re abusing, you may also smell evidence of it on them. Drugs that are smoked can linger on the skin or in the clothes, such as meth or cocaine, and these substances. These might also lead to other hygiene issues such as their oral health. If someone has been drinking, you may begin to smell it as they perspire.
If someone has become withdrawn from important relationships or is otherwise emotionally unavailable, it could be a sign of a problem. Your loved one may start to feel shame or guilt which can cause them to retreat inwards. It is also possible that emotional turmoil is the underlying cause of the addiction and may get worse as they continue to abuse a harmful substance. Keep an eye on their communication habits with you and others and note any changes.
It tends to start small. You may find your loved one is lying about odd things, like where they were or what they were doing. As substance abuse gets worse, their lies will become more frequent and more defensive. It can often escalate to hiding substances in the house somewhere while claiming sobriety, or flat out denial of a problem. Some lying may be linked to memory issues if they blackout and don’t remember certain events correctly.
Call Mile High Continuing Care to inquire about our rehab services and what your loved one may need. We do not judge, we are there for our patients, and want to make sure we offer them the best shot at getting back to the life they deserve. Visit our site for more information.