Drug and alcohol addiction practically always starts off as recreational, when the person drinks and/or uses in a social setting encouraged by having a good time or escaping from sad memories or reality for a bit. Other options are if a prescription drug is overprescribed or the person has a low tolerance and gets addicted easily. This disease of addiction is progressive, and as time passes, the user will begin to exhibit higher tolerances to the drug, often engage in dangerous behavior, experiencing intense cravings, and then withdrawal symptoms to the drug of abuse.
If someone you love or you are struggling with substance use disorder, call Houghton House and get help now.
Drug Addiction Warning Signs
Knowing how to spot the drug addiction warning signs may help you spot a drug addiction in a loved before it’s too late.
Most of the drug addiction warning signs have more to do with behavior than actual physical signs.
Here are some of the most common drug addiction warning signs to look out for:
- Guilty behavior. The addict usually feels guilty about using and will find it difficult looking you in the eye.
- Personality changes. The addict might be very moody and act out of character.
- Changes in energy levels. There might be changes in the addicts energy levels, depending on the drug, it could be higher or lower.
- Change in concentration levels.
These are just some of the drug addiction warning signs you need to look out for. If you suspect that a loved one is addicted to drugs, you need to keep your eyes open for the warning signs. Getting professional help is also a good idea. Drug addicts don’t come with a manual and it might be more difficult than you think to deal with a friend or family member’s addiction.
The common signs of addiction to any substance
Three Cs of Addiction
- Loss of Control over how much and how often
- Craving and using all the time
- Continued use causing harm and destroying relationships
Physical Signs of Addiction
- Looking pale or anemic
- Missing meetings
- Clothes hang on the body
- Excessive weight loss
- A change in eating habits
- Exited /over-active or under-active (depending which drug)
- Speech patterns are repetitive
- Red eyes dilated pupils,
- Unnecessary sniffing and blowing nose al the time(not attributable to a cold)
- Body odor due to lack of personal hygiene
Behavioral Signs of Addiction
- Marital or relationship problems
- Problems with money
- Work/school issues
- Missing important meetings
- Secretive about activities
- Not sleeping
- Legal problems with the law
- Conversations dominated by drug/alcohol topics
Emotional Signs of Addiction
- Rationalizing – excuses, justifications, or other explanations for their using
- Minimization – Admitting to the problem but not admitting to the full scope
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Bas attitude
- Not Thinking Clearly
- Confused easily
- Placing the blame for their behavior on someone else or some
- Argumentative Irritable
- Unable to deal with stress
- Diversion to avoid discussing the topic
The Houghton House Group of Treatment Centers is based in Gauteng, South Africa. The treatment centers that form the group are specialised in drug addiction problems and have been treating people to successfully beat this disease for over 20 years.
The high success statistics and treatment facilities have brought patients into this program from all over the world.
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