Are you worried that someone you know might have drug and alcohol problems?
Here are some of the common signs to look out for:
- Mood changes, such as becoming more depressed, anxious, agitated, irritable, defensive or aggressive.
- Behaviour changes, such as becoming more secretive, taking money or valuables or getting into debt.
- Not doing as well at work or school, including regularly being late or calling in sick.
- Unusual sleeping patterns, such as staying in bed all day or being awake at night.
- Rapid weight loss or gain, or a sudden loss of appetite.
- Appearing confused, disorientated or ‘spaced out’ or, alternatively, becoming hyperactive.
- Physical changes such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils.
- Losing contact with old friends and/or gaining new friends.
If you notice any of these signs, you might want to talk to the person, explain your concerns and encourage them to consider seeking help for their problems. These things are also linked to common physical and mental health problems, so they may need to get these looked into first of all. If the person decides to come to Change Grow Live our focus on wellbeing rather than just drugs and alcohol will help them get help with their overall health.