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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. To give an example, enlarged pupils can be a sign, whilst sleepiness can be a symptom.

Substance reliance - when a man is dependent on a substance, for example, a medication, liquor or nicotine, they are not ready to control the utilization of that substance. Though these may be dangerous to them, they go ahead with alcohol consumption (the possible dangers may or may not be clear to the person)


Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. The fanatic might need to surrender (quit), yet discovers it to a great degree hard to do as such without offer assistance.


The condition of the person, their family lineage, the substance in question, and the person involved are some of the factors that determine the possible signs and symptoms of addiction.

Some signs and symptoms of abuse could be:

  • The individual uses the substance and does not have the power to stop - in several instances, like alcohol, nicotine or drug addiction, he/she at least once really tried to quit, but was unsuccessful.
  • Reactions when trying to stop taking the drug, when the body has less of the substance than it is used to, it reacts, and the person can have physical pains and altered moods. Some of these symptoms include cravings, moodiness, lack of focus, depression, frustration, anger, or resentment.
  • There could be a sudden increase in appetite. A sleeping disorder is a typical side effect of withdrawal. Sometimes, the user might have GI symptoms, like constipation or diarrhoea. Depending on the drug, some will cause the person to be aggression, shivering, convulsions, delusions and perspirations.
  • Even with the knowledge that health problems exist, addiction continues - The person keeps taking the substance on a regular basis, even though negative health problems are becoming apparent. To give an example, someone who smokes might continue to smoke even after a heart/lung issue has developed.
  • Public and leisure forfeiture - Some people abandon their lifestyles to pursue drugs. 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 up a decent supply - individuals who are dependent on a substance will dependably ensure they have a good quantity of it, regardless of the possibility that they don't have much cash. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
  • 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.
  • Risky behaviours (2) - could also occur as a result of being under the influence, such as reckless driving.
  • Managing issues - a dependent individual usually feels they require their drug to manage their issues.
  • Obsession - a dependent individual may invest increasingly time and energy concentrating on methods for getting hold of their substance and sometimes how to utilise it.
  • Introversion and isolation - The addict may become secretive and want to isolate themselves from people.
  • Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
  • Overindulgence - With some substances like alcohol, some types of drugs and cigarettes, the addict may take too much at a go. 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 diversions and exercises - as the compulsion advances the individual may quit doing things he/she used to appreciate a considerable measure. 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.
  • Having stashes - the dependent individual may have little supplies of their substance shrouded away in various parts of the house or auto; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Consuming a dose that is initially larger - this is typical with alcoholism. The individual may swallow drinks down with a specific end goal to get plastered and after that vibe great.
  • Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). 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.
  • Financial issues - when the substance is not cheap, the addict might give up a lot to ensure his/her supply is stable. For instance, in most of the western world a packet of twenty cigarettes costs more than '11, if an addict smokes two packs a day, they will need '660 monthly and about '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.