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Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

While the signs are noticed by the doctor and people around the addict, the symptoms are known to the addict alone. For instance, drowsiness might be a symptom while dilated pupils might be a sign.

Substance dependence is when someone is addicted to a something like drugs or alcohol and they are not able to control their use of the substance. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Uncontrollable urge could be occasioned by dependence on a substance. It will be extremely difficult for the addict to stop using the substance without external assistance, even when they want to.


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 of the symptoms and signs of drug dependence can include

  • Unsuccessful attempts at stopping - the person taking the substance, like nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs, has made at least on serious try at stopping and was unable to.
  • Withdrawal symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. There are desires, episodes of grouchiness, awful temper, poor concentration, a sentiment being discouraged, purge, disappointment, outrage, severity and disdain.
  • The person may also develop a voracious appetite. 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.
  • Dependency persists in spite of health issues awareness - the person continues to use the substance often, in spite of the fact that they have developed diseases associated with it. An example is a smoker who doesn't stop smoking even after lung or heart problems begin.
  • 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.
  • 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. Sacrifices might be made in other parts of their budget so they can make sure they always have their substance of choice.
  • 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.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Coping with issues - an addict often feels he/she requires his/her substance to cope with his/her 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.
  • Forswearing - a critical number of individuals who are dependent on a substance are trying to claim ignorance. They either do not know or will not acknowledge that there is a problem.
  • Excessive use - with certain addictions, like alcohol, a few substances and even nicotine, the person uses it excessively. 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 diversions and exercises - as the compulsion advances the individual may quit doing things he/she used to appreciate a considerable measure. This may even be the situation with smokers who discover they can't physically adapt to participating in their most loved game.
  • 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. 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. 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.
  • Money problems - if the drug is costly, the addicted person may neglect or cut down on other needs to afford it. In some countries, even cigarettes are very expensive, like in the UK, UK, and parts of Europe where someone who smokes two packs a day will spend '660 per month, nearly '8,000 per year.
  • Relationship troubles - drug and alcohol addictions can cause a lot of relationship problems.

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Those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs on a technical manner may be exposed to the aforementioned dangers, but the severe urge to consume drugs and the withdrawal symptoms witnessed by an addict may not be present.