Is My Spouse an Addict?
Addiction presents itself in various ways. Often these ways makes it hard to identify what is in reality a call for help.
When it comes to our loved ones, we want the best, but when exactly do we know it is time to intervene?
The signs for some are more obvious while some happen in secret. Watching your loved one live with an addiction can be a difficult process for the both of you, but help is just in reach when you are able to identify the signs. The following signs may help you identify if your spouse is experiencing issues with substance abuse.
Signs Your Spouse May Be Experiencing Substance Abuse
- Weight changes that appear to happen almost overnight. When using certain illegal substances, many people will begin to experience changes in their eating habit. That may come in the form of eating less because of digestive issues. This also can be brought about because your spouse is choosing to use funds for the substances rather than for food. These changes can appear in the form of sunken in eyes and cheeks, bloodshot eyes, widened pupils, weight loss in the whole body, and just overall being more tired than usual. On the opposite end of the spectrum, certain substances can cause your spouse to gain weight. If the changes are more sudden than you are used to, this may be a sign of substance abuse.
- Changes in finances. If your spouse is starting to have difficulty contributing to the household income and there have been seemingly no changes to their work schedule, this is a major red flag. Actions like asking to borrow money or finding that your money is beginning to go missing is a sure sign that there may be a deeper issue at hand. If you have access or can gain access to your spouse’s finances, try to see where the money is going. If you are finding that there are things such as many withdrawals but not many deposits with no explanation for where the funds are going, it is easy to suspect there may be some foul play involved.
- New habits and behaviors. Addicts may exhibit behaviors such as lethargy, excitement, and changes in personality. They may begin to shower less, sleep more, sleep less, and even experience mood changes like depression and anxiety. They may begin hanging out with friends less, withdrawing from family more, and avoiding people altogether. Because illegal substances can make permanent changes in the body almost immediately, it should not take long to identify that your spouse is having more than just a bad day.
Skin Issues Not Present Before
Certain drugs require the user to inject needles into their skin. Some require snorting while others need to be digested. These can all cause serious skin issues that are easy to identify.
If you begin to notice marks on the skin especially on the arms, legs, or torso, these can be a sign of drug use involving injection. If you notice itching, scratching, or picking, this may be caused by a drug that creates the sensation that something is crawling under your skin.
Chronic sniffling or nosebleeds is a tell tale sign of snorting a substance. If these new markings are unusual for your spouse’s lifestyle or line of work, you may want to suspect that your partner may be an addict.