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The Warning Signs of Addiction

by on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Addiction can be difficult to spot in yourself or in loved ones. Knowing the warning signs of addiction can help you recognize when someone is in a downward spiral and is in need of help. Addiction presents itself in three categories of warning signs: behavioral, physical, and psychological.

Behavioral Signs

Obsessive Thoughts/Actions

When someone is in the grasp of addiction, getting their hands on a drug or drink becomes their main priority in life. It will take precedence over other responsibilities such as work, school, family, and more.

Losing Control

Even when an addict wants to try and reduce or even stop their use, they are unable to because they have lost control. They will constantly crave drugs or alcohol and relapse.

Disregarding the Damage

Addiction causes obvious physical and mental stress in one’s life. Not only does it affect the addict themselves, but it also impacts those around them. Despite the damage being done, the addict will continue using or drinking.

Hiding the Addiction

When directly confronted by family or friends, the addict will either deny they are using and drinking or downplay how much they use and drink. Some addicts may even resort to using in private so they can avoid the questions from their loved ones.

Physical Signs

Physical warning signs come in the forms of side effects, overdoses, or withdrawal symptoms. Often, severe physical effects require medical treatment.

Side Effects
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Enlarged or smaller pupils
  • Insomnia
  • Sudden weight gain or weight loss
  • Poor physical coordination
  • Abnormal body odors
  • Slurred speech
  • Looking disheveled

Signs of an Overdose
  • Agitation
  • Aggression/violent behavior
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble walking
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of consciousness
Signs of Withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Appetite loss
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Shakiness, trembling, jumpiness

Psychological Signs

Even though psychological changes are common, most addicts may not even realize them. General psychological signs include:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Irritability/angry outbursts
  • Anxiousness
  • Unexplained paranoia
  • Changes in personality/attitude
  • Emotionally/mentally withdrawing from people
  • Lack of motivation

This list is by no means comprehensive. The signs and symptoms of addiction vary by individual, but this should be used as a general guide. There are also certain signs associated with certain substances a person may be using. Educating yourself on these warning signs can give you the chance to help a loved one or even yourself before it’s too late. If you or someone you know are struggling with addiction, know that you don’t have to go through it alone. The staff members at Restorations Therapy are here to help you with any questions you may have. You can contact them today at (720) 446-6585 to take the next step towards recovery.

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