Things are beginning to go back to normal as businesses begin to reopen, and people start going back to normal life. Have you been in self-isolation with a loved one who struggles with substance abuse?

If your answer is yes, you need to stay aware of their behavior. With lockdowns across the country, many addicts were forced to clean up but not by choice. As things begin to reopen, this means that access to their vices will once again become available. Combined with the fact that their tolerance to drugs may be low means the chance of a fatal overdose will be higher.

For this reason, we wanted to take this time to remind families to keep a lookout for some possible signs of drug use, like money issues, poor hygiene, stories that don’t make sense, erratic behavior, drug paraphernalia, strange burning smells, needle marks on arms and other parts of the body, accelerated weight gain or loss, irregular-looking eyes or irregular breathing or heartbeat.

Keep in mind that substances affect people differently, and just because one sign matches your loved one doesn’t mean for sure that the person is using or using the drug. If you find that your loved one is exhibiting several signs of drug abuse, there is a good chance you are not just paranoid, and the person is using. Do not go into denial and start making excuses so you can write it off. The only way to be sure a loved one is using or continuing to be clean is to give them a drug test. These can be ordered online or bought at your local drug store. You want to make sure you buy a 12-panel test. The number 12 indicates the number of types of substances it will test for in the urine sample. If you are going to do this, make sure to prevent your loved one from trying to fake it. Many tests contain an indicator that will show if your loved one cheated the test in some way.

For more information you can also read our article on faking a drug test here: www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/how-to-detect-a-faked-drug-test.html.

Many drug and alcohol treatment centers never shut down and were deemed essential at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. So if the worst-case scenario is real and your loved one has relapsed, reach out to find them help. For more information on signs of drug abuse visit www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/identify-signs-of-drug-addiction.html or call 800-431-1754.