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Warning Signs of Addiction: What are the Things to Watch Out for?

By: Kelly Greene

Addiction is a medically diagnosable disease that has high tendency to become progressive, chronic, and potentially fatal but like many other diseases, it can be successfully cured if treated immediately. Unfortunately, the problem of drug and alcohol use is often overlooked, resulting to an increasing number of people developing drug dependence and alcoholism. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of addiction is definitely not an easy task but it can significantly help to prevent its further development.

The following are possible indications that someone has drug and alcohol problem. It is important, however, to keep in mind that a person who has any of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is addicted. These signs and symptoms may show due to physical or mental health problem, or due to adolescent development. Though the level of addiction may vary from person to person depending on the severity of drug used, the physical and psychological effects of addiction for both alcohol and drugs can typically be similar.

So, watch out for these changes in a person that may indicate possible case of addiction:

Physical Changes

The use of any type of illicit drugs shows a visible effect on the user’s body. Some changes in user’s physical appearance include redness or irritation of the eyes, rapid weight loss, tooth decay, skin rashes, and poor hygiene like lack of showering, untidy clothes and an overall bad appearance.

Behavioral Changes

A person addicted either to drugs or alcohol may find ways to continue their habit. They may develop sudden behaviors of being secretive, exaggerated, disinterest in old hobbies and friends, and other suspicious behaviors like frequently getting into trouble or the unexplained need for money to the point of borrowing or stealing.

Mental Issues

Many types of drugs have tendency to alter the brain, thus causing different changes in personality and attitudes which includes compulsive actions, paranoia, irritability, hallucinations, lack of focus, and lack of motivation.

Emotional Vulnerability

Frequent use of drugs and alcohol can alter a person’s emotional state. A sudden change of mood can become a common signs of addiction. Other sings may include depression, aggression, an unusual case of hyperactivity, and the need for high level of excitement.

Addicted individual doesn’t have to meet all these possible indications before having a drug or alcohol problem but, the more indications occur the higher the risk of substance abuse is present. Like any other diseases, an early detection of substance abuse can help identify the right treatment needed which is vital for the success of recovery.

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