How do I know if my loved one is struggling with addiction?

Worried about someone you love? Is drinking or drug use adversely impacting her life? Get help at Shorewood House, a residential treatment program in a warm Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb just blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Family and close friends are often the first to realize when something isn’t right. If you’ve noticed any of the following signs, your loved one may be struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Please contact us to discuss whether Shorewood House may be able to help.

  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns.  Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
  • Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about-  they don’t know how they got hurt
  • Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
  • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise
  • Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates
  • Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money
  • Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Clashes with family values and beliefs
  • Demanding more privacy, locking doors and avoiding eye contact
  • Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
  • Using incense, perfume, air freshener to hide smell of smoke or drugs
  • Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils
  • Unexplained, confusing change in personality and/or attitude.
  • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
  • Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
  • Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.

View a full list of warning signs that someone you love may be struggling with an addiction.