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Indications

The Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

A sign is something other people, like a doctor, notice while a symptom is something that the patient describes. For example, drowsiness could be an indicator, but enlarged pupils are clues.

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. Even if the substance poses a danger, they will still take it whether or not they know the dangers.


Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. 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.

Signs and symptoms of substance enslavement may include:

  • 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 - the mood and physical state of the person is affected when the level of such substance in the body of that person is altered. There are urges, spells of moodiness, fits of rage, poor concentration, a feeling of being sad and empty, anger, resentment and frustration.
  • There may be abruptly increased craving. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. Sometimes, the user might have GI symptoms, like constipation or diarrhoea. With certain drugs, withdrawal can set off seizures, perspiration, hallucinations, violence and tremors.
  • Though the addicts witness these health issues, they continue to abuse those substances - even when they start suffering ailments as a result. For instance, a smoker may keep smoking even after a lung or heart condition prevails.
  • Social as well as recreational sacrifices - a few exercises are surrendered due to a dependence on something. 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 a good reserve - addicts will at all times ensure that they have a good reserve of the substance, even when they do not have a lot of cash. Sacrifices might be made in other parts of their budget so they can make sure they always have their substance of choice.
  • Dangers of Addiction (1) - An addict may go to any lengths including risking their lives by stealing or prostituting to get money or drugs.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Managing issues - a dependent individual usually feels they require their drug to manage their issues.
  • Fixation - an addict may spend more energy and time concentrating on manners of to get his/her drug, and in certain instances on how to use the drug.
  • Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
  • Forswearing - a critical number of individuals who are dependent on a substance are trying to claim ignorance. These addicts do not know (or deny to admit) that they in fact have an issue.
  • Excess consumption - the individual takes too much of drugs, nicotine or alcohol in some cases of addiction. The results of over-indulgence could be memory loss or physiological issues like respiratory infections or a chronic cough as experienced by chain smokers.
  • Dropping hobbies and activities - with time, the person may start shying away from those activities that makes him happy before. This might even be the situation with a smoker who finds he/she can't physically deal with participating in his/her best-loved sport.
  • 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.
  • Taking an underlying substantial measurements - this is basic with liquor abuse. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Having problems with the law - many of the drug and alcohol addicts(except nicotine) suffer this problem. 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 difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. 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.
  • Strained relationships - such are seen more in cases where drugs or alcohol are the substance in use.

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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.