Signs of Addiction

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug or alcohol use despite harmful consequences. It’s a chronic disease that affects the brain, making it difficult for individuals to control their drug or alcohol use.

Physical Symptoms of Addiction

Physical symptoms of addiction vary depending on the substance abused but can include changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, insomnia or oversleeping, tremors, slurred speech, and poor coordination.

Signs of Addiction - A client sits with a therapist utilizing DBT Therapy for treating his addiction and mental health.

Behavioral Symptoms of Addiction

Behavioral symptoms of addiction may include secrecy or lying about drug or alcohol use, neglecting responsibilities at work or home, changes in social circles or hobbies, and engaging in risky or illegal activities.

Emotional Symptoms of Addiction

Emotional symptoms of addiction may include mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, and increased sensitivity to stress.

Tolerance and Withdrawal

Individuals with addiction may develop a tolerance to the substance, which means they need more of it to achieve the desired effect. They may also experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using, which can be severe and potentially life-threatening.

Denial and Defensiveness

Denial and defensiveness are common behaviors in individuals with addiction. They may refuse to acknowledge the severity of their problem or the harm it’s causing to themselves and others.

Physical Health Problems

Addiction can lead to a range of physical health problems, including liver damage, heart disease, lung disease, and infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

Mental Health Problems

Addiction is often linked to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. These conditions can make it harder for individuals to quit using drugs or alcohol.

Relationship Problems

Addiction can strain relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. Individuals may become isolated, argumentative, or aggressive, leading to damaged relationships and social support systems.

Financial Problems

Addiction can also have financial consequences, including lost income due to job loss or decreased productivity, legal fees, and healthcare costs. Individuals with addiction may also spend significant amounts of money on drugs or alcohol, leading to debt or financial instability.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction call us today. We’re always available to answer your questions and discuss your options. We understand asking for help is tough but it’s never too late to turn your life around. Contact us today at 866-257-5551

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