recognizing addiction

Recognize The Addiction

Addiction is a dependency or need for a certain substance. They can’t choose whether or not to use a drug or drink alcohol, they have to.

It can be hard sometimes to admit that your or a loved one has an addiction. They can wreck lives and change everything. But it is important to be aware and pay attention. Knowing the signs of addiction can save lives.

There are three different signs of addiction. Behavioral signs, physical signs, and psychological signs.

Signs Of Addiction

  • Behavioral Signs

Behavioral signs have to do with how a person interacts with the world emotionally. Behavioral signs can include obsessive thoughts actions. This means the drug might be the most important thing to them and how they can get their next hit. It might be more important than family or work or school.

Disregarding how they treat others is another behavior. Even if it is negatively affecting their family, they keep on using anyway.

Even if the person expresses a wish to stop using, they can’t and admit they’ve lost control. Or they can be denied the drug use even if it’s obvious and you’ve caught them. They accuse you or get angry and refuse to admit it.

  • Physical Signs

Physical signs are there in different ways. It could be various signs of drug use, overdose or withdrawal. Some side effects mean someone needs help right away or treatment. The withdrawal itself can be dangerous.

Some of the physical signs are:

–    Bloodshot eyes

–    Body odor

–    Insomnia

–    Enlarged pupils

–    Extreme weight loss or gain

–    Clumsiness

–    Slurred speech

–    Looking unhealthy

Overdose signs include:

–    Agitation

–    Aggression

–    Breathing difficulty

–    Delusions

–    Drowsiness

–    Nausea or vomiting

–    Loss of consciousness

Withdrawal symptoms:

–    Confusion

–    Depression

–    Headaches

–    Insomnia

–    Loss of appetite

–    Fever

–    Nausea and vomiting

–    Seizures

  • Psychological Signs

Drug use also affects a users psychological state. This can change how they are thinking or how they perceive things. This can lead to dangerous actions by the user.

It can be dangerous for both them and someone else. Some psychological signs include:

–    Anxiety

–    Personality changes

–    Inattentiveness

–    No motivation

–     Mood swings

–    Paranoia

–    Withdrawing mentally and emotionally

–    Irritability

–    Outbursts

Sometimes it is up to the family to notice these signs. People with addiction often will not admit that they have a problem. Sometimes they don’t even recognize that they have a problem.