Do you know how to tell when someone you love has an addiction? It is like being lost. Have you ever traveled to an exotic place, like Honduras, Cameroon, or Taiwan? When I am in a place with signs in a language that I cannot read, I feel unsure and disoriented. It is even more confusing when I cannot find someone who speaks English to help me. Addiction is like being lost in a foreign country.
Denial is the hallmark of addiction. One may rationalize a ticket for drunk driving or blackouts. Even an overdose and waking up in the Emergency Room can be dismissed. “It’s no big deal. I am fine! I will never drink vodka again”
Signs are misunderstood or ignored. Paying attention to the symptoms and signs of addiction can be lifesaving.
Please watch this video by Dr. Jerry Callaway on the signs and symptoms of alcoholism and other drug addiction: