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Symptoms

The Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

An indicator is something the patient feels and explains while a clue is something that others like doctor or friends see in the patient. An example of a symptom is a patient reporting sleepiness while a sign would be someone noticing dilated pupils.

Substance reliance - when a man is dependent on a substance, for example, a medication, liquor or nicotine, they are not ready to control the utilization of that substance. He/she continues to use it, despite the fact that it may be harmful (the person may or may not be aware of the possible risk).


Drug addiction can lead to strong cravings. It will be extremely difficult for the addict to stop using the substance without external assistance, even when they want to.


The symptoms and signs of drug addiction differ according to the person, the drug they are dependent to, their genetics (family history) and personal situations.

The clues and indicators of addiction could be that:

  • The individual uses the substance and does not have the power to stop - in several instances, like alcohol, nicotine or drug addiction, he/she at least once really tried to quit, but was unsuccessful.
  • Withdrawal side effects - when body levels of that substance go beneath a specific level the patient has physical and disposition related manifestations. There are urges, spells of moodiness, fits of rage, poor concentration, a feeling of being sad and empty, anger, resentment and frustration.
  • A sudden increase in appetite might happen. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. Some patients will have troubled bowel movements or running stomachs. Depending on the drug, some will cause the person to be aggression, shivering, convulsions, delusions and perspirations.
  • Even with the knowledge that health problems exist, addiction continues - The person keeps taking the substance on a regular basis, even though negative health problems are becoming apparent. An example is a smoker who doesn't stop smoking even after lung or heart problems begin.
  • Social as well as recreational sacrifices - a few exercises are surrendered due to a dependence on something. For instance, a heavy drinker may reject an invitation to go outdoors or spend a day out on a boat if no alcohol is accessible, a smoker may choose not to join up with companions in a sans smoke bar or eatery.
  • Keeping up a decent supply - individuals who are dependent on a substance will dependably ensure they have a good quantity of it, regardless of the possibility that they don't have much cash. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
  • Taking risks (1) - now and again the dependent individual ensure he/she can get his/her substance, for example, taking or exchanging sex for cash/drugs.
  • Taking risks (2) - whilst under the influence of certain drugs, addicts might participate in high-risk activities, like driving at high speeds.
  • Coping with problems - an addict often feels like they cannot deal with their problems unless they are using.
  • Obsession - someone who is addicted will continue to focus more and more time and energy on getting access to their substance.
  • Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
  • Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
  • Overindulgence - With some substances like alcohol, some types of drugs and cigarettes, the addict may take too much at a go. The result can be shutdowns (can't recall hunks of time) or physical manifestations, for example, a sore throat and awful cough (irresistible chain-smokers).
  • Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. This might even be the situation with a smoker who finds he/she can't physically deal with participating in his/her best-loved sport.
  • Having reserves - the addict might have small reserves of his/her substance concealed in various areas of the car/house; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Consuming a dose that is initially larger - this is typical with alcoholism. The individual may swallow drinks down with a specific end goal to get plastered and after that vibe great.
  • Breaking the law - Some drugs and alcohol (not tobacco) are known to cause people to do things against the law when under their influence. This can be because being on the substance impairs the user's judgement and they engage in risk taking behaviour or because the addict breaks the law to get a hold of the substance.
  • Money problems - if the drug is costly, the addicted person may neglect or cut down on other needs to afford it. Even cigarettes, which in a few nations, for example, the UK, parts of Europe and the UK cost over '11 for a pack of twenty; a 40-a-day smoker in such a territory should set aside '660 every month, almost '8,000 every year.
  • Relationship issue; these are more normal in drug/liquor fixation.

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Some substance/liquor abusers who are not actually dependent may likewise experience the ill effects of or cause a portion of the portrayals specified above, yet they don't more often than not have the withdrawal manifestations of someone who is addicted or a similar impulse to devour the substance.