Millions of people in the U.S. struggle with substance abuse and drug addiction every day. For family and friends, it can be difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug addiction. For many people, knowing that a loved one has an addiction to drugs can be overwhelming and scary, and ignite a number of uncomfortable emotions. But it’s critical for parents, spouses, and other family members to recognize addiction symptoms and act quickly. The sooner someone is able to get treatment for substance use disorder, the faster they can recover.
Getting treatment early in the course of the disease increases the chances that someone will be able to achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety. The following article will break down the symptoms of addiction, and the different types of paraphernalia involved in drug use so families can act quickly.