More often than not, behavior or substance addictions start in social situations and bleed into in our relationships. Partners of people with addictions need specific types of support and ways to move through their own healing process.
When we see this happen to a loved one, we do everything we can to help. But sometimes, our unconditional love simply isn’t enough.
Signs and symptoms of recent acting out or substance use include:
- Keeping secrets, lying or omissions
- Denial, even when caught
- Accusing loved ones of being “the problem”
- Feeling of exhilaration and excess confidence
- Increased alertness
- Increased energy and restlessness or increased lethargy and need for sleep
- Behavior changes or aggression
- Rapid or rambling speech
- Dilated pupils or pinpoint pupils, sweating
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Irritability or changes in mood
If your loved one comes to mind with any of the above symptoms and behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.
As an addiction counselor, I will address the symptoms of your loved one’s addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of their ongoing recovery.
I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with the goals and desires of your loved one, and ensure they can make the life changes they want to make. Contact me today for a free consultation.