Signs of addiction are different than symptoms of addiction. Patients describe and experience symptoms, while doctors, friends or relatives may notice signs. Recognizing the signs of substance abuse isn’t always easy.
Physical Signs of Addiction
Substance abuse has a range of physical effects depending on the substance in question. Most substances eventually build up a tolerance, which requires the user to use more and more of it to get the same effect. As addiction progresses, the sufferer starts to lose interest in other aspects of their lives. You may notice weight loss, ill-fitting clothes, bad hygiene, dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes. Needle users often experience infections or bruises at entry points. Another common symptom for some drugs is excessive sniffing or a constantly runny nose when the person does not have a cold.
Behavioral Signs of Addiction
Substance abuse significantly affects the behavior of those struggling with addiction. Because they no longer care about other aspects of their lives, they may start missing work or school, not showing up to important events, becoming secretive about their activities and having relationship, financial or legal problems. You may notice a dramatic change in their habits and priorities, as well as dramatic mood swings or attitude changes. They may exhibit little to no interest in doing things that they previously loved.
Emotional and Mental Signs of Addiction
Along with behavioral and physical signs, you will likely notice emotional and mental signs as well. The person may be intensely irritated or argumentative. They may be extremely defensive, especially with regards to anything related to their substance of choice. You might notice overly obnoxious, silly, aggressive, or confused behavior. Lethargy, depression and mood swings are also common mental signs of substance abuse. When you talk to them about addiction, they may rationalize their use, minimize their use, blame someone else or a stressful situation, or they may try to change the topic entirely.
Signs of Addiction Lead to Detox
Substance abuse results in uncomfortable physical and mental withdrawal symptoms when the substance is discontinued or reduced.
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- Gender sensitive detox
- Compassionate, skilled staff
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- Prescription drug detox
- Hard drug detox such as meth, cocaine, and others
If you or someone you know needs help fighting addiction, then Serenity House Detox can help you take the first step. Beat addiction by starting detox. Give us a call today at 866-294-5306 to find out more about our programs and to begin your path towards recovery.