Tallulah Willis, the youngest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has spoken openly about her addiction to cocaine and the struggle of living with an eating disorder. Speaking to Teen Vogue magazine, she told of how depression overwhelmed her while she was in college and that how, once she started seeing photos of herself in various magazines, she would cry. The actress said that at the age of thirteen she was subjected to abuse about her physical appearance saying, “I had people when I was 13 telling me how ugly I was and how could two beautiful actors create such hideous troll children?”
It was Tallulah’s older sister Scout who forced her to see the damage she was doing to herself, and an ultimatum from her famous parents encouraged her to get the help she needed. They told her that, unless she sought help, they would take away all luxuries. The abuse she suffered made her believe she was unattractive and ‘hideous’ and led to her taking drugs. After forty-five days in a rehabilitation clinic, the star is on the mend.
Luckily for Tallulah, her older sister could see the signs that something was not right and took matters into her own hands. Nevertheless, could you spot the signs that someone you love is abusing drugs? There are a number of tell-tale signs to look out for if you are worried that a loved one may have a drug addiction. These include:
- dilated pupils
- bloodshot or swollen eyes
- change in appetite
- sudden change in weight
- slurred speech
- trouble reading or blurred vision
- lack of coordination
- mood swings
- lack of motivation
- changing friends
- school work or work performance suffering.
If you suspect that someone you love is abusing drugs or has an addiction, knowing how to handle the situation is important. You need to confront your loved one about their habit but you need to make sure you stay calm while doing so. Do not act aggressively, and simply state the facts of why you believe that there is a drug problem. Be prepared for him or her to strenuously deny their addiction but do not let this put you off.
Tell your loved one that you have been reading up on drug abuse and explain why you think he or she needs help. Explain the dangers of drug abuse and let them know that help is available if they want it. Try to stay patient and do not use threatening words or behaviour.
Do not let your loved one offer excuses for their behaviour or allow them to blame others for their problem. You should not feel guilty about their behaviour but be prepared for him or her to try this tactic. Addicts can be manipulative and they may know how to play on your feelings.
A drug addiction is something that needs to be tackled as soon as possible. Some addicts will realise they have a problem and will seek help; most will carry on with their destructive behaviour until they are forced to address it. It may be the case that you need the help of an outside expert who can take a side view on the situation.
At Rehab Helper, we have a team of expert counsellors who have experience in dealing with all types of addiction. We can offer advice and support to the person with the addiction and to their families, and we can help with finding the right rehabilitation centre. Call us today.