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Indicators

Drug Addiction Clues And Indicators

A sign is something others, like the doctor, see, whilst a symptom is something that the patient discerns and explains. For instance, drowsiness might be a symptom while dilated pupils might be a sign.

Drug addiction - when an individual is dependent on a substance, like a drug, nicotine or alcohol, he/she is unable to manage his/her use of that substance. Even if the substance poses a danger, they will still take it whether or not they know the dangers.


Substance reliance can bring about effective yearnings. It's possible that the addict wants to stop taking the substance but finds it really hard to do so on his or her own.


The signs and symptoms of substance reliance change as indicated by the individual, the substance they are dependent on, their family history (hereditary qualities) and individual conditions.

Some signs and symptoms of abuse could be:

  • The individual takes the substance and can't stop - as a rule, for example, nicotine, liquor or drug dependence, at least one genuine endeavour was made to surrender, however unsuccessfully.
  • Withdrawal symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. Some of these symptoms include cravings, moodiness, lack of focus, depression, frustration, anger, or resentment.
  • There could be a sudden increase in appetite. Withdrawal also comes with insomnia. Constant vomiting and constipation may also occur in some situations. There may be seizures, hallucinations, sweats, trembling, and violence when certain substances are involved.
  • Dependency persists in spite of health issues awareness - the person continues to use the substance often, in spite of the fact that they have developed diseases associated with it. A case in point is when a smoker will continue to smoke even with a diagnosis of lung or heart disease.
  • Recreational or social sacrifices - because of the substance addiction, some actions are forfeited. Example is a smoker turning down a meeting with friends in an environment that is smoke free or an alcohol addict refusing to attend a profitable social gathering that does not involve alcohol.
  • Keeping a good reserve - addicts will at all times ensure that they have a good reserve of the substance, even when they do not have a lot of cash. They will cut on house spending to buy the drugs.
  • Taking risks (1) - now and again the dependent individual ensure he/she can get his/her substance, for example, taking or exchanging sex for cash/drugs.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Stress management - Addicts usually feel they cannot handle issues without fortifying themselves with the drug.
  • Obsession - a dependent individual may invest increasingly time and energy concentrating on methods for getting hold of their substance and sometimes how to utilise it.
  • Serenely and isolation - much of the time the addict may take their substance alone and even in mystery.
  • Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. These addicts do not know (or deny to admit) that they in fact have an issue.
  • Excessive use - with certain addictions, like alcohol, a few substances and even nicotine, the person uses it excessively. The result can be shutdowns (can't recall hunks of time) or physical manifestations, for example, a sore throat and awful cough (irresistible chain-smokers).
  • Dropping hobbies and activities - with time, the person may start shying away from those activities that makes him happy before. This may even be the situation with smokers who discover they can't physically adapt to participating in their most loved game.
  • Stashing the substance - an addict might hide small stocks of the substance in unlikely places, like around the house or in the car.
  • Taking an initial large dose - alcohol abuse normally has this symptom. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). It may be because the individual cannot judge right, thus do things they normally won't do, or deliberately do something unlawful to obtain the substance.
  • Financial difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. In some countries, even cigarettes are very expensive, like in the UK, UK, and parts of Europe where someone who smokes two packs a day will spend '660 per month, nearly '8,000 per year.
  • Strained relationships - such are seen more in cases where drugs or alcohol are the substance in use.

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Those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs on a technical manner may be exposed to the aforementioned dangers, but the severe urge to consume drugs and the withdrawal symptoms witnessed by an addict may not be present.