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Symptoms

Drug Addiction Clues And Indicators

While the signs are noticed by the doctor and people around the addict, the symptoms are known to the addict alone. 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. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. It will be extremely difficult for the addict to stop using the substance without external assistance, even when they want to.


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.

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

  • 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 may be abruptly increased craving. Withdrawal also comes with insomnia. 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.
  • Addiction proceeds in spite of medical issue awareness - the individual keeps taking the substance frequently, despite the fact that they have created diseases associated to it. Example is a smoker not giving up smoking even when they have been diagnosed of a related heart or lung disease.
  • Recreational or social sacrifices - because of the substance addiction, some actions are forfeited. To give an example, an alcoholic might decline an invitation to spend a day on a boat or to go camping when no alcohol is at hand, a smoker might choose not to meet with friends in a pub/restaurant that prohibits smoking.
  • 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.
  • Risky behaviours (1) - users will take unnecessary risks to make sure they can get the substance, like stealing or trading sex for money or drugs.
  • Taking risks (2) - whilst under the influence of certain drugs, addicts might participate in high-risk activities, like driving at high speeds.
  • Coping with issues - an addict often feels he/she requires his/her substance to cope with his/her issues.
  • Obsession - figuring out the best way to access their substance and how to use it may occupy a greater part of their time and energy
  • Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
  • Forswearing - a critical number of individuals who are dependent on a substance are trying to claim ignorance. These addicts do not know (or deny to admit) that they in fact have an issue.
  • Excess consumption - the individual takes too much of drugs, nicotine or alcohol in some cases of addiction. 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. Some smokers who will discover that it is no longer easy for them to cope with the physical demands of their favourite sports may also resort to this.
  • Stashing the substance - an addict might hide small stocks of the substance in unlikely places, like around the house or in the car.
  • Taking a large initial dose - this is usually a problem with alcohol addiction. An alcoholic might drink quickly to get drunk faster and feel good.
  • Having issues with the law - this is progressively a normal for some drug and liquor addictions (not nicotine, for instance). This might be since the drug weakens good sense and the person takes a risk he/she would not take if he/she were not intoxicated, or in an attempt to get his/hands on the substance, he/she does something illegal.
  • Budgetary troubles - if the substance is costly the dependent individual may yield a considerable measure to ensure its supply is secured. Even cigarettes that in certain places, like the United Kingdom, regions of Europe and the United States of America cost more than '11 just for a packet of twenty cigarettes - someone who smokes 40 a day in such a place will have to spend '660 per month, almost '8,000 annually.
  • Relationship issues - these problems are more typical with alcohol or drug dependency.

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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.