Signs of an Addiction

Addiction manifests itself in many ways. Symptoms can vary based on the individual and the substance involved. Some common signs of addiction include:

  • Loss of control: The person struggles to limit their substance use, even if they want to stop or cut down.
  • Cravings: Frequent and intense desires for the substance, leading to a strong urge to use it.
  • Neglecting responsibilities: A person may start ignoring or failing to follow through with their work, school, or family obligations. 
  • Relationship problems: Addiction can strain relations with family, friends, and colleagues. The person may become distant or dishonest to protect their substance use. 
  • Physical health issues: Substance abuse can lead to weight loss, changes in appetite, or a general deterioration in appearance. 
  • Mental health changes: Addiction often co-occurs with mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or mood swings. 
  • Financial difficulties: Constantly funding a substance habit may lead to borrowing and/or struggling with money. 
  • Secretive behavior: Individuals with a substance addiction may try to hide their substance use from others. 
  • Legal troubles: Engaging in illegal activities, such as theft or possession of drugs, can lead to trouble with law enforcement. 
  • Withdrawal symptoms: When the substance wears off, the person may experience symptoms like irritability, nausea, sweating, or trembling. 
  • Tolerance: Over time, the person may need larger amounts of the substance to achieve the same effects they once experienced with a lower amount. 
  • Lack of interest in other activities: As substance use takes precedence, the person

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