Addiction is a devastating and powerful disease that can take hold of anyone, regardless of age, background or circumstances. Alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines are just some of the substances that can lead to addiction, causing pain, heartache and destruction to those who struggle with it, as well as to their loved ones.

Signs of Addiction

The signs of addiction can be difficult to detect, but if you suspect someone you love is struggling, it’s important to know what warning signs to look for. The top five signs of addiction include:

  1. Changes in appearance or hygiene
  2. Withdrawal from friends, family and activities they once enjoyed
  3. Neglect of responsibilities and duties
  4. Financial difficulties or sudden changes in money behavior
  5. Secretive or suspicious behavior

Any of these signs can be a cause for concern, but if your loved one is showing these signs it may be time to ask yourself if they could have an addiction issue.

Addiction Can Happen to Anyone

It’s easy to believe that addiction isn’t something that could happen to your loved one. However, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 20 million Americans aged 12 or older met the criteria for a substance use disorder and that number is expected to continue to rise year over year.

That’s a huge percentage of the United States that is struggling with an addiction issue! Your loved one is not alone in their fight against addiction — and asking for help should not be something shameful.

In addition, this study shows that most of people that met the criteria for a substance abuse problem did not receive help for their drug or alcohol addiction — getting help, now, can start your loved one’s journey to recovery before their addiction gets any worse.

How to Get Help

It takes courage to ask for help, but it’s the first step towards a better future. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, it’s important to understand that help is available. Addiction is a treatable disease, and recovery is possible.

Glen Oaks Hospital offers detox services and care for those who struggle with addiction. Their dedicated and compassionate staff understand the complexities of addiction and are equipped to provide the support, guidance and treatment that is needed for recovery.

Whether it’s through therapy, counseling or medication management, Glen Oaks is dedicated to helping those who struggle with addiction find peace and healing.

Addiction has the power to destroy lives, but with the right support, it can also be overcome. Let’s help those who are struggling by being there for them, showing them that they are not alone and guiding them towards the path of recovery.