Addiction is a chronic disease that affects how you act, think, and function. When you see changes in the behaviors of people you love, it may be a warning sign of addiction.
Amneh Amro, PA-C, knows how overwhelming it can feel to see a loved one suffer through addiction. Through Revival Health Clinic, Amneh offers comprehensive mental health services through a convenient telemedicine platform.
She can help you deal with the fallout of a loved one’s addiction, such as anxiety and depression, and can also provide care for those looking to overcome addiction.
Types of addiction
There are many types of addiction that can affect the physical health and quality of people’s lives. Common things people can be physically addicted to include:
- Illegal or prescription drugs
Behavioral issues also can result from addictions to gambling, sex, video games, and shopping.
Warning signs of addiction
Addiction to alcohol and drugs can affect different people in different ways. However, there are some general signs you can look out for when you have concerns about addiction. These signs can include:
- Weight loss
- Mood changes
- Slurred speech
- Reckless behaviors
- Unexplained injuries
- Conflicts or loss of relationships
- Inability to meet responsibilities
- Changes in the health of skin, hair, nails, and teeth
Some with addiction may also have withdrawal symptoms when not using, such as shaking, vomiting, nausea, and sweating. The severity of these symptoms depends on the substance they are using and how long they’ve been addicted.
People with addiction may also have suicidal thoughts that lead to actions of self-harm. Using too much alcohol or drugs can also lead to serious health issues and overdose.
Unfortunately, many people with addiction have a tough time seeing how bad the problem is or remain in denial about their situation. This can make it difficult for them to seek treatment or take the advice of others about getting help.
Opening the door for addiction treatment
If you love someone with an addiction, it’s important that you offer support for their recovery. Speak with them openly and honestly about what you see happening. It can be helpful to build your own support team of friends and family to support your efforts.
Options are available for both in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation services for addiction. Amneh can help you find a facility that will help them achieve and maintain recovery and offers referrals to specialists and group therapy when needed. She also offers counseling services through telemedicine for both you and your loved one to better manage the impact addiction has on your relationship.
You can meet with Amneh in the comfort of your own home through video conferencing technology. She creates an open and judgment-free space for you to discuss your emotions surrounding the situation in your life, so you can feel better mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Don’t ignore your own trauma surrounding someone else’s addiction. Schedule a mental health evaluation online today or call Revival Health Clinic to book a consultation.