Addiction can produce profound changes in appearance and behavior in an individual. Families of women who are addicted may feel that they no longer know or understand the person to whom they were once so close. There may be frustration about getting them to stop their substance abuse and fears about how it will end. These individuals may need an intervention to show these individuals how much addiction has affected their relationships and the people around them.
Individuals who are addicted may begin to neglect normal grooming routines.1 They may bathe less often, forget to fix their hair, stop wearing makeup and may wear the same clothing for days at a time. People suffering from a substance use disorder may look pale, with dark circles under their eyes, or their skin may be severely broken out.
They may lose weight, appear sluggish, sleep for long periods of time or stay awake for days on end. They may show signs of withdrawal when they try to stop using the substance, experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, anxiety, sleeplessness, joint pain and seizures.
Another sign of addiction that may indicate they need an intervention is a change in emotional state. She may become very depressed or severely anxious. She may have angry outbursts or periods of irritability. Some individuals may display emotional numbness or lack of any facial expression. In general, individuals who are addicted fail to relate to others around them in a normal way. They may seem completely inwardly focused and uninterested in other people as they normally would be.
A person who is caught up in the web of addiction may exhibit a variety of behavioral symptoms that indicate she may need an intervention. She no longer has any control over substance use and is actively engaged in covering up the severity of the problem, such as:
If you have a daughter or other loved one who is struggling with addiction, contact a professional treatment center that can provide information on interventions that can begin the process of leading them back to a healthy life.