Warning Signs of Addiction

Addiction is a disease, and as with any disease, it has a particular set of symptoms.  These warning signs of addiction can vary greatly depending on the person affected and the drug of choice, but the list below reflects some of the most common warning signs of drug addiction.  If you or your loved one is experiencing any of the warning signs discussed below, you may be addicted.  Call us at (866) 795-4673 for a free screening to see if you could benefit from any of our drug and alcohol treatment programs.

There are physical, behavioral, and emotional warning signs of addiction.  Drug and alcohol abuse affect a person’s body in many, sometimes severe ways.   Physical warning signs can include sudden weight loss, skin sores, red and irritated eyes, unusual cuts or bruises, vomiting, nausea, irregular heart rate, seizures, insomnia or irregular sleep patterns, and memory loss.  Behavioral warning signs include unusual or erratic behavior, frequent deceptiveness or secretiveness, theft, shirking of important responsibilities such as work or school, dramatic changes in activity level, and sudden changes in social network or friend group, Emotional warning signs include mood swings, emotional volatility, increased aggression, and unexplained depression.

General Warning Signs of Addiction:

  •   Increased tolerance of drug so that you need more and more of the drug to achieve the same feeling
  •   Broken relationships or increased fighting with friends and family members, often marked by increased aggression or erratic emotions
  •   You make frequent resolutions to stop using the drug only to return to it again and again
  •   Loss of interest of focus on work, school, or anything else that does not relate to drug use
  •   You use the drug to avoid or reduce withdrawal symptoms
  •   Legal trouble related to drug use
  •   You engage in dangerous or illegal behavior such as drinking and driving or dangerous stunts
  •   You continuing using drugs despite clear and compelling negative consequences

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