Phone: (715) 723-5585

Know the Signs

You've seen the signs. At least some of them. Addiction is an identifiable and treatable disease. By recognizing the signs below in yourself or a loved one, recovery is possible.

Every day our therapists help people living in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and the surrounding communities overcome their drug and alcohol addictions.

Adult Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol

  • Complaints from family members or friends about drinking or drug use
  • Failed attempts to quit or cut back
  • Hiding the evidence of drinking or use. Increasing tolerance of alcohol or other substance
  • Legal charges such as driving while intoxicated or possession of drugs
  • Neglecting responsibilities in order to drink or use
  • Blackouts or memory lapses associated with use
  • Health, job, family life, or financial issues resulting from use
  • Continued use even with negative consequences to health, job, family life, or finances.

Adolescent Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol

  • Deteriorating grades
  • Persistent surly attitude or irritability
  • Disrespect and unwillingness to follow rules
  • Unexplained depletion of liquor or medication supplies
  • Theft from parents or siblings
  • Evidence of "huffing": quick depletion of aerosol products, household cleaners
  • Apparent drunkenness or hangovers
  • Change to negative peers
  • Legal problems including underage drinking
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Changes in energy levels, appetites, sleep patterns or hygiene
  • Liquor bottles
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Disappearing for days at a time

Mental Health & Wellness

  • Unable to cope with stress
  • Persistent grief over loss
  • Destructive behavior like excessive drug or alcohol use or talks of suicide
  • Problems falling or staying asleep
  • Feeling sad more than most of the time
  • Avoiding settings or situations because of previous negative experiences
  • Worrying about things all the time
  • Being unable to relax
  • Difficulties concentrating or with focus
  • Excessive and inappropriate worry
  • Compulsive behavior like gambling or overspending
  • Unexplained irritability, moodiness, anger or loss of emotional control
  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Persistent feelings of sadness or feeling empty
  • Feeling hopeless and/or pessimistic about the future
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were previously pleasurable, including reduced sex drive
  • Fatigue and decreased energy where even small tasks seem to require a great deal of effort

Call 715-723-5585 for a free consultation.

 

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800-680-4578
 
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What if they won't seek help?
Many people enter treatment reluctantly, not recognizing there's a problem. In order to accept help, your loved one may need an intervention. Before you intervene, please ask for free professional advice; we're always here for you as a resource.
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