Signs of Addiction

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Find the help you need: Learn to identify the signs of addiction and what methods are available to assist in beating it

Suffering from an addiction is not something that affects just a single person. It affects the abuser’s whole life and everyone in it, their work and their relationships. Being able to identify the telling signs of addiction and getting appropriate help, can save someone’s life. While many abusers often deny having a problem and needing help, they will often show addiction symptoms to those closest to them. They will change – not only physically – but their behavior will be telling to those that know them.

Many believe that signs of addiction are always obvious: like being able to look through glass. But, truth is, in order to be able to identify them, you need to know what to look for. The first thing to learn is that an addiction is a disease. It is a compulsive need for the substance, despite the harmful consequences. And it’s something that the person alone can’t change. That is why addiction recovery is necessary to be able to beat it.

The second thing to pay attention to, are the actual addiction symptoms that your loved one may be experiencing. These can include:

  • Losing interest in their favorite pastimes and hobbies
  • Isolation: not participating in family or social gatherings as before
  • Experience inexplicable mood swings
  • Not pay attention to important appointments or deadlines
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Not showering or changing their clothes

In addition to these addiction symptoms, there are also physical changes that you may notice:

  • Weight changes (particularly weight loss)
  • Runny nose or constant flu-like symptoms
  • Changes in skin coloration
  • Dilated pupils and/or red eyes
  • Shaky hands
  • Tremors or muscle spasms

When these signs of addiction appear, the right thing to do to help someone is get them addiction recovery immediately. Treatment will always be personalized depending on the type of addiction, the length of time the person has been addicted, and their overall health.

Addiction recovery is necessary not only to get clean, but also to help the person fight back the urge to use drugs again and maintain their sobriety after a treatment.  A basic rehabilitation program will have the following general phases:

  • Detoxification: the process through which drug toxins are removed from body, thus regaining chemical balance for proper functioning
  • Psychotherapy and addiction education: where all the underlying psychological and emotional issues behind an addiction are identified and addressed
  • Learning new coping skills and mechanisms: adopting new, healthier habits that will promote better behaviors and prevent relapse
  • Development of an aftercare plan: the continuous care guideline that ensures your long-term sobriety.

While these are general guidelines of an addiction recovery treatment, all programs are customized to fit the needs of every individual, and the supplemental activities (offered by the rehab center) will be aimed at the patient’s particular interests.

Signs of addiction will vary from person to person, but in a general sense, you will always be able to tell there is something “off” with the person. Their demeanor will change greatly, and it is fundamental for their well-being, to avoid judging them, criticizing them or disrespecting them in any way, shape or form. An addiction is a disease just like any other that could affect anyone, and the person needs help and care to be able to overcome it.

If you know someone that may be showing signs of addiction and is in need of addiction recovery, call us today at (800) 429-7690 and we can help you find treatment centers.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction

https://easyread.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/EasyToRead_WhatIsAddiction_FINAL_012017.pdf