No one intends to become addicted to drugs and alcohol. And for individuals who have abstained from their drug of choice after suffering the devastation of addiction, there is definitely no desire to return to this fallen state. However, it is not always easy to maintain sobriety and loved ones are often the first line of defense when an addict begins to lose control of his or her disease.
Blowing Off Support Programs
Many people have found help for their problems with addition through Alcoholics Anonymous and other support groups. Regular meetings with other addicts will help your loved ones remain mindful of the importance of staying sober. Often times, an addict that suddenly stops attending their meetings does not want others to see that they have relapsed.
Lack of Prayer and Meditation
Members of AA and NA make prayer and meditation a mainstay of their program. Prayer and meditation help an addict stay grounded in the idea that there is a higher power that can provide them with strength. The absence of a connection to this higher power the addict understands is likely to cause feelings of hopelessness that will encourage substance abuse.
The Emergence of Previous Behavior
Addicts in treatment are provided a wealth of information regarding the behaviors they should avoid if they hope to maintain their sobriety. Addicts often spend little time with people who do not indulge in drugs and alcohol and may neglect their physical appearance. If someone you love has been in recovery it is a cause for concern if they suddenly neglect hygiene practices or exhibit other behaviors common to addiction.
The Insistence That Moderation Is Okay
A serious sign of problems to come is when an addict expresses the thought that a couple of drinks or infrequent drug use does not pose a threat to them. This conversation is evidence the addicted person is rationalizing their use of drugs or alcohol. Rationalization is a root cause for relapse.
Spending Time With Old Friends
It is not very convenient for addicts to spend a lot of time with non-addicts. This is because it takes too much effort to conceal drug and alcohol abuse from them. You should be concerned if your loved one starts to spend extended amounts of time with old friends there could be trouble brewing.
Denial is nearly universal among addicts. It is not uncommon for addicts to convince themselves they do not suffer from a drug and alcohol problem at all. Pay close attention when the addict you love begins to minimize the day to day stresses of life or deny stressful feelings. This could be a sign that they are near a backslide.
The Bottom Line
Drug and alcohol abuse is a horror that has devastated countless lives. Many times, even the best efforts of addicts will result in multiple relapses before they are able to get it right. If your loved one is fighting drug or alcohol abuse, the signs above will provide you with a heads up there may be a problem.