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Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

A sign is something others, like the doctor, see, whilst a symptom is something that the patient discerns and explains. Example is the case of dilated pupils being a sign while constant sleepiness is a symptom.

Drug Addiction - an addicted person cannot resist or restrict himself to the intake of the substance be it drug, alcohol, cigarette. He/she continues to use it, despite the fact that it may be harmful (the person may or may not be aware of the possible risk).


Drug addiction can lead to strong cravings. Addicts may desire to quit (give up), however experiences it very hard to do without assistance.


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 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.
  • Withdrawal side effects - when body levels of that substance go beneath a specific level the patient has physical and disposition related manifestations. Cases of resentment, bitterness, anger, frustration, depression, decreased focus, bad temper, emptiness, moodiness and cravings arise.
  • A sudden increase in appetite might happen. A sleeping disorder is a typical side effect of withdrawal. Constant vomiting and constipation may also occur in some situations. There may be seizures, hallucinations, sweats, trembling, and violence when certain substances are involved.
  • The addiction carries on regardless of health problems - an addicted person cannot take the drug even if they have developed sickness through taking 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. 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.
  • 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) - some of the addicts may go as far as prostituting or stealing in the bid to raise money for the substance.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Dealing with problems - they always have the belief that they cannot handle their issues without drugs.
  • 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.
  • Denial - most people suffering from addiction refuse to admit it. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
  • Excessive use - with certain addictions, like alcohol, a few substances and even nicotine, the person uses it excessively. The effects can be physical symptoms, like a bad lasting cough (in the case of heavy smokers) and a sore throat, or blackouts (fail to remember moments).
  • Dropping hobbies and activities - with time, the person may start shying away from those activities that makes him happy before. This can even happen to smokers who discover that they can't physically do the sports or outdoor activities that the once enjoyed.
  • Having reserves - the addict might have small reserves of his/her substance concealed in various areas of the car/house; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Binging - Taking a lot of the substance at the beginning. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). This can be because being on the substance impairs the user's judgement and they engage in risk taking behaviour or because the addict breaks the law to get a hold of the substance.
  • Money problems - if buying the substance causes a financial burden, and addict might sacrifice other things to make sure the supply is maintained. 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 problems - alcohol and drug addicts often than not experience problems in their relationships.

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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.