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Indications

Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

An indicator is something the patient feels and explains while a clue is something that others like doctor or friends see in the patient. To give an example, enlarged pupils can be a sign, whilst sleepiness can be a symptom.

Drug Addiction - an addicted person cannot resist or restrict himself to the intake of the substance be it drug, alcohol, cigarette. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Substance reliance can bring about effective yearnings. The person addicted may be willing to stop taking it, but they are not able on their own.


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:

  • It becomes difficult for the person to desist from using the substance - like drug, alcohol or nicotine, even when the person has attempted to stop at least on one occasion.
  • 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 could be a sudden increase in appetite. Sleeplessness is a typical symptom of withdrawal. Sometimes the individual may have constipation or diarrhoea. With certain drugs, withdrawal can set off seizures, perspiration, hallucinations, violence and tremors.
  • The addiction carries on regardless of health problems - an addicted person cannot take the drug even if they have developed sickness through taking it. An example is a smoker who doesn't stop smoking even after lung or heart problems begin.
  • Recreational and/or social sacrifices - certain activities are relinquished because of a dependency to some substance. Example is a smoker turning down a meeting with friends in an environment that is smoke free or an alcohol addict refusing to attend a profitable social gathering that does not involve alcohol.
  • Maintaining a good supply - even when there is no money, addicts will always ensure that they have enough quantity of the substance they are addicted to. They will cut on house spending to buy the drugs.
  • Taking risks (1) - some of the addicts may go as far as prostituting or stealing in the bid to raise money for the substance.
  • 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.
  • Secrecy and solitude - often, addicts will take their substance alone and in secret.
  • Denial - majority of the present day addicts do not accept that they have a problem. Either they do not realise or outright deny they have a problem.
  • Abundance utilisation - in a few addictions, for example, liquor, a few medications and even nicotine, the individual expends it to overabundance. 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.
  • Hoarding - Some will hide small amounts of the drugs in places others may not suspect in house, office or car.
  • Taking a large initial dose - this is usually a problem with alcohol addiction. The person my down drinks in an attempt to become intoxicated and then feel great.
  • Having problems with the law - many of the drug and alcohol addicts(except nicotine) suffer this problem. The fact that this alters their judgment and makes them to choose things they would rather not choose in times of sobriety or the urge to access such substances may be the cause of this.
  • Financial difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. In the case of cigarettes, it will cost a 40-a-day smoker up to '660 per month and about '8,000 per year in the UK and other parts of Europe and the UK where a packet of twenty sticks is sold at about '11.
  • Relationship issues - these problems are more typical with alcohol or drug dependency.

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Some substance/liquor abusers who are not actually dependent may likewise experience the ill effects of or cause a portion of the portrayals specified above, yet they don't more often than not have the withdrawal manifestations of someone who is addicted or a similar impulse to devour the substance.