Signs of Addiction

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Understanding the indicators of addiction is crucial for seeking timely help and support. At 12 South Recovery, we’re dedicated to providing addiction and mental health treatment and today, we’ll help you recognize the signs of addiction so that you can take the necessary steps towards recovery.

Identifying the Signs of Addiction

Addiction doesn’t always manifest in the same way for everyone. However, there are common signs and behaviors that may indicate a substance use disorder or addiction. Below, we’ve highlighted some key signs to look out for:

Increased Tolerance: Needing more of a substance to achieve the same effect.
Withdrawal Symptoms: Experiencing physical or psychological symptoms when trying to stop using a substance.
Loss of Control: Being unable to stop using, even when you want to.
Neglecting Responsibilities: Failing to fulfill work, school, or family obligations due to substance use.
Social Isolation: Withdrawing from friends and family to engage in substance use.
Continued Use Despite Consequences: Using substances despite experiencing negative consequences, such as legal issues or health problems.

Behavioral Changes

Recognizing behavioral changes in yourself or a loved one is crucial when it comes to identifying addiction. Some common behavioral signs of addiction include:

Mood Swings: Frequent and extreme mood swings, including irritability and depression.
Secretive Behavior: Hiding substance use or becoming defensive when questioned.
Neglecting Hobbies and Interests: Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
Financial Struggles: Experiencing financial difficulties due to the cost of substances.
Unexplained Disappearances: Frequent disappearances or unaccounted for periods of time.
Signs of Addiction - A client sits with a therapist utilizing DBT Therapy for treating his addiction and mental health.

Physical and Health Signs

Addiction can take a toll on physical health. Look out for the following physical signs of addiction:

Deteriorating Appearance: Neglecting personal hygiene and grooming.
Weight Changes: Significant weight loss or gain.
Health Issues: Developing health problems related to substance use.
Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Decreased Immunity: Frequent illnesses due to a weakened immune system.

The Importance of Seeking Help

Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step towards recovery. Addiction is a complex and chronic disease that can have serious consequences if left untreated. Seeking professional help from a reputable facility like ours can provide you with the support, guidance, and tools needed to overcome addiction. Don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. Call us today at 866-257-5551, and let us help you or your loved one on the journey to recovery.


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