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Symptoms

Drug Addiction Clues And Indicators

A sign is something other people, like a doctor, notice while a symptom is something that the patient describes. To give an example, enlarged pupils can be a sign, whilst sleepiness can be a symptom.

Substance dependence is when someone is addicted to a something like drugs or alcohol and they are not able to control their use of the substance. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Drug addiction can lead to strong cravings. Addicts may desire to quit (give up), however experiences it very hard to do without assistance.


Personal circumstances, genetics, and the specific substance being used are all things that can determine how the signs and symptoms of abuse will manifest in an individual.

These are some of the possible signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction:

  • The patient is unable to stop taking the said drug, for addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or a drug; they will have tried to stop on their own at some point and failed.
  • Withdrawal side effects - when body levels of that substance go beneath a specific level the patient has physical and disposition related manifestations. Other signs are an uncontrollable need to take the drug, short temper, irritability, short temper, loss of concentration, hopelessness, lack of purpose, annoyance, rage, offense, and animosity.
  • A sudden increase in appetite might happen. Sleeplessness is a typical symptom of withdrawal. In certain instances, the person may be constipated or suffer from diarrhoea. Depending on the drug, some will cause the person to be aggression, shivering, convulsions, delusions and perspirations.
  • 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. For instance, a smoker may keep smoking even after a lung or heart condition prevails.
  • Recreational and/or social sacrifices - certain activities are relinquished because of a dependency to some substance. For instance, a heavy drinker may reject an invitation to go outdoors or spend a day out on a boat if no alcohol is accessible, a smoker may choose not to join up with companions in a sans smoke bar or eatery.
  • 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) - in certain instances the addicted person might undertake risks to ensure he/she can get his/her substance, like stealing or exchanging sex for drugs/cash.
  • Taking risks (2) - driving at a higher speed is one of the risks the addict may easily take when they have taken the substance.
  • Coping with issues - an addict often feels he/she requires his/her substance to cope with his/her issues.
  • Obsession - someone who is addicted will continue to focus more and more time and energy on getting access to their substance.
  • Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
  • Lack of acceptance - Many people addicted people refuse to accept. Either they do not realise or outright deny they have a problem.
  • Excess consumption - the individual takes too much of drugs, nicotine or alcohol in some cases of addiction. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
  • Losing interest in hobbies and activities - as the addiction gets worse and worse, the addict might stop doing things that e or she used to love. This might even be the situation with a smoker who finds he/she can't physically deal with participating in his/her best-loved sport.
  • Hoarding - Some will hide small amounts of the drugs in places others may not suspect in house, office or car.
  • Consuming a dose that is initially larger - this is typical with alcoholism. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Breaking the law - Some drugs and alcohol (not tobacco) are known to cause people to do things against the law when under their influence. This might be either on the grounds that the substance disables judgment and the individual goes for broke they would not take in the event that they were calm or with a specific end goal to get hold of the substance they overstep the law.
  • Budgetary troubles - if the substance is costly the dependent individual may yield a considerable measure to ensure its supply is secured. In the case of cigarettes, it will cost a 40-a-day smoker up to '660 per month and about '8,000 per year in the UK and other parts of Europe and the UK where a packet of twenty sticks is sold at about '11.
  • Relationship issue; these are more normal in drug/liquor fixation.

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A person, because they indulge in alcohol or drugs may exhibit some or all of the above symptoms and not be certified addicts, but they will not display any of the withdrawal symptoms or the associated craving.