20 Nov Signs of Addiction

In order to begin treatment for drug addiction, you must first be able to admit you have a problem. Because many addictive substances impair judgment, it may be hard to recognize when a problem exists. It is important to learn the warning signs of addiction so you can recognize when you or a loved one has a problem.

Helpguide.org provides the following list of common signs of drug abuse and addiction:

Neglecting your responsibilities at school, work, or home (e.g. flunking classes, skipping work, neglecting your children) because of drug use.
Using drugs under dangerous conditions or taking risks while high, such as driving while on drugs, using dirty needles, or having unprotected sex.
Legal trouble, such as arrests for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, or stealing to support a drug habit.
Problems in relationships, such as fights with a partner or family members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.
Building up a drug tolerance. You need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects you used to attain with smaller amounts.
Taking drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms. If you go too long without drugs, you experience symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, and anxiety.
Losing control over drug use. You often do drugs or use more than you planned, even though you told yourself you wouldn’t. You may want to stop using but feel powerless.
Life revolves around drug use. You spend a lot of time using and thinking about drugs, figuring out how to get them, and recovering from the drug’s effects.
Abandoning activities you used to enjoy,such as hobbies, sports, and socializing, because of drug use.
Continuing to use drugs, despite knowing it’s hurting you. Drugs are causing major problems—blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia—but you use anyway.
If you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, contact Therapia at 1-888-917-3422 to discuss treatment options. Addiction is a disease that can be managed through proper treatment.

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