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How to Recognize the Signs of Drug Addiction

One of the hardest challenges for people struggling with addiction is fighting it alone, without the support of family and friends. Many people hide their addiction from their family and loved ones, and that can often mean that the addiction goes untreated. It is important that treatment is sought as early as possible. It is for this reason that it is important to know the signs of addiction.

Use vs. Abuse

It’s important to understand that while not all use is abuse, there is a very thin line between the two. People who use opioids, for example, typically begin taking these drugs for a legitimate reason as prescribed by their doctor. Unfortunately, because these drugs can be extremely addictive, proper use can turn into abuse if not carefully monitored.

Be Aware of Changes

A drastic change in someone’s life can be a sign of something other than addiction, but a dramatic sign is always worth paying attention to. Changes in physical appearance, relationships, interest level at work and hobbies can mean that something is deeply troubling an individual. Changes in finances are often also a clear indication that something is amiss.

Open Communication

If you have someone in your life that you fear has a substance use disorder or may be headed in that direction, having open and thoughtful communication with that person is very important. In order to access critical resources, you should contact local treatment centers, as the people who work at these facilities are trained to communicate with people in all stages of addiction.

Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders and Dual Diagnosis in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or