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Hard to Tell, But Look at the Signs

by: Ned Wicker

From your description, it is difficult to say with any degree of certainty that your daughter’s ex-boyfriend is an addict.

But let’s consider a few general points of focus that may help you get a clearer picture.

If you know this person and have been in a position to observe him you may be able to see a pattern of behavior that will point to addiction. What have the changes been in his life?

– Have there been changes in his eating habits, sleeping habits, social habits?

– Has he had problems at work or in school?

– Does he need to have the drug regularly, every day or more than every day?

– Does he make sure he has a steady supply of his drug on hand?

– Maybe he wants to stop, but he just can’t.

– Because her can’t stop, he will do things they normally would not do to get the drugs.

– Does he need the drug to function normally?

– Is he willing to do something dangerous while on the drug, like operating a motor vehicle, or some kind of equipment that can cause bodily harm?

– Does he deny having any issue with drugs?

Addicts will continue to use regardless of everything that is happening to them and happening around them. They may drain the family bank account, lose their job, fail in school, damage relationships, ruin their health, or run into problems with the law.

He leaves your daughter when she is eight months pregnant, and that tells you that the relationship with her and with his own child is not as important as doing the drugs. The other girl is probably using.

I can’t say for certain, but the recreational use of drugs can get out of control in a hurry. Pills and marijuana are not a good combination. It sounds like his life style has either led him into addiction, or he has the potential to become addicted. That is just an opinion.

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