Is My Partner Abusing Drugs?

If I were to ask a few people to describe someone that abuses drugs, I’ll probably get answers such as “people that live on the street” or “someone that’s poor and lives in a disadvantaged area”.

These are common stereotypes on what many of us believe is the typical drug abuser. But what if I told you that it can happen to you, your partner, your parents or even your grandparents?

Addiction is a disease that has no preference. It can happen to anyone of us – at any time in our lives. For example, you could be a high-profile businessman drinking more & more alcohol or you could be a pensioner that’s using too many painkillers to get rid of the discomfort.

You might even suspect that your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife could be abusing drugs but because you’re not 100% sure, you choose to rather not approach them about it. However, as difficult as it is to challenge a loved one about their drug & alcohol abuse, the cost of NOT doing so may be very high.

If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, it’s best to receive treatment ASAP.

If you’re asking yourself “is my partner abusing drugs?” in this article, we’ll provide you with the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and also, how you can help your loved one overcome their problem.

The Signs and Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of drug abuse:

  • Your partner’s attitude and personality has changed
  • Your partner experiences sudden mood changes
  • Drug Abuse RelationshipsThey have no motivation or drive to do anything
  • Your financial situation may have taken an inexplicable turn for the worst or you might find that your partner is borrowing and stealing money from others
  • Your loved one’s social group and interests have changed
  • Their personal hygiene standards have dropped considerably
  • Your partner’s eyes are constantly red and bloodshot
  • Their eating habits and sleeping patterns have changed
  • Your partner begins to isolate themselves from family and friends
  • They will prefer to spend time alone than with anybody else
  • If you are able to relate these signs and symptoms of drug abuse to your partner, then it may be a clear sign that they have a problem. The best way to deal with it is to get professional help.

Drug Abuse Help

If your partner is abusing drugs, then it’s important to get professional help for them as soon as possible before things get worse.

The biggest danger of drug abuse is to develop an addiction to it, meaning that your loved one will not be able to live without the substance and will constantly crave it.

We can provide you with immediate access into the best private drug abuse treatment centres in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Thailand. Call us now and let one of our qualified addiction counsellors provide you with free, expert and confidential advice.


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Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

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