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Signs of a Problem

Published: December 5th, 2013

Category: Life in Recovery

Signs of a ProblemAs 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  •  Appearing fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid with no apparent reason
  • Silent, withdrawn, secretive or suspicious behaviors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.

For more signs, visit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.