by Restorations Therapy Center 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 warning signs come in the forms of side effects, overdoses, or withdrawal symptoms. Often, severe physical effects require medical treatment.
Even though psychological changes are common, most addicts may not even realize them. General psychological signs include:
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.