If you have concerns about a close family member or friend, below are some signs the National Institute on Drug Abuse would suggest to look out for:
1)Does the person take the drug in larger amounts or for longer than they meant to?
2)Do they want to cut down or stop using the drug but can’t?
3)Do they spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the drug?
4)Do they have cravings and urges to use the drug?
5)Are they unable to manage their responsibilities at work, home, or school, because of their drug use?
6)Do they continue to use the drug, even when it causes problems in their relationship?
7)Do they give up important social, recreational or work-related activities because of drug use?
8)Do they use drugs again and again, even when it puts them in danger?
9)Do they continue to use, even when they know they have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the drug?
10)Do they take more of the drug to get the effect they want?
11)Have they developed withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the drug?
What you can do
As a concerned party, it is very important to look out for these signs. Sometimes, the person being affected at hand does not even notice the addiction or the severity of their dependance. You can help by pointing it out and encouraging them to seek help and assistance. That being said, it is still very important to have clear and healthy boundaries with someone battling addiction. There is only so much you can do. Suggest a personal home drug test or counselling if things are becoming dire. This approach will enable you to have the proof in order to push them to take steps such as therapy and/or drug treatment program.