Signs of a Problem

Published: December 5th, 2013

Category: Holiday Reflection, Life in Recovery

As you gather with friends and family this holiday season, you may notice someone having an unhealthy relationship with drugs or alcohol. Watch for these signs:




  • Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns.  Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Lack of motivation, inability to focus, appearing lethargic
  •  Appearing fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid with no apparent reason
  • Silent, withdrawn, secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Unusual or unexplained need for money or financial problems; borrowing or stealing; missing money or valuables
  • Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
  • Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities).
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.