The following symptoms are prime examples of the progression of addiction with drugs and alcohol for you or a loved one in addition and the affects it has on the family. If you notice any of these symptoms feel free to take our online self-assessment or contact a trained professional for assistance at (281) 941-5106.
|IN THE USER||IN THE FAMILY|
|Increased tolerance; using more to get same effect||Increased tolerance to user’s behaviors|
|Blackouts||Suppression; family blocks out their perceptions|
|Euphoric recall is focus; recalls highs not painful consequences||Minimizing. “Things aren’t that bad.”|
|Sneaks substance; hides evidence||Plays detective; searches for evidence of substances|
|Preoccupied with using||Preoccupied with the user|
|Gulps drinks||Urgency of situation increases – prods for promise to stop using|
|Denies there’s a problem||Family tries to hide problem from those outside the family|
|Develops alibi system||May confront or nag user while at same time makes excuses for the user|
|Alternates between aggression when using and remorse afterwards||Alternates between blaming, shaming and lashing out and feeling guilty|
|Tries to control or stop using without help||Tries to control or stop the user from drinking without help|
|Feels shame for not being able to stop||Feels shame they can’t stop the user|
|Loses friends||Family becomes isolated|
|Experiences severe physical symptoms – digestive, sleep, etc||Experiences severe physical symptoms – ulcers, headaches, nervous breakdowns, etc|
|Seeks help OR deteriorates physically and emotionally||Seeks help OR deteriorates physically and emotionally|
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