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Symptoms

Drug Addiction Clues And Indicators

A sign is something others, like the doctor, see, whilst a symptom is something that the patient discerns and explains. Example is the case of dilated pupils being a sign while constant sleepiness is a symptom.

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. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Drug addiction makes the body have a strong desire for the substance. The person addicted may be willing to stop taking it, but they are not able on their own.


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.

Some of the symptoms and signs of drug dependence can include:

  • 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 symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. There are desires, episodes of grouchiness, awful temper, poor concentration, a sentiment being discouraged, purge, disappointment, outrage, severity and disdain.
  • There could be a sudden increase in appetite. A sleeping disorder is a typical side effect of withdrawal. Some patients will have troubled bowel movements or running stomachs. With certain drugs, withdrawal can set off seizures, perspiration, hallucinations, violence and tremors.
  • 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. Example is a smoker not giving up smoking even when they have been diagnosed of a related heart or lung disease.
  • Public and leisure forfeiture - Some people abandon their lifestyles to pursue drugs. Examples of this might be an alcoholic who won't attend a party if there isn't going to alcohol available or a smoker who won't meet up with friends at a non-smoking restaurant.
  • Maintaining a good supply - even when there is no money, addicts will always ensure that they have enough quantity of the substance they are addicted to. They will cut on house spending to buy the drugs.
  • 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) - driving at a higher speed is one of the risks the addict may easily take when they have taken the substance.
  • Coping with issues - an addict often feels he/she requires his/her substance to cope with his/her issues.
  • Pre-occupation - A user exhausts himself and his time working out ways of obtaining the drug and figuring out how to use it.
  • Secrecy and solitude - often, addicts will take their substance alone and in secret.
  • Denial - most people suffering from addiction refuse to admit it. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
  • Excess consumption - in addictions involving alcohol and some substance, the addict uses in excess. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
  • Dropping diversions and exercises - as the compulsion advances the individual may quit doing things he/she used to appreciate a considerable measure. This can even happen to smokers who discover that they can't physically do the sports or outdoor activities that the once enjoyed.
  • Having stashes - the dependent individual may have little supplies of their substance shrouded away in various parts of the house or auto; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Taking a large initial dose - this is usually a problem with alcohol addiction. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Having issues with the law - this is progressively a normal for some drug and liquor addictions (not nicotine, for instance). This might be either on the grounds that the substance disables judgment and the individual goes for broke they would not take in the event that they were calm or with a specific end goal to get hold of the substance they overstep the law.
  • Financial difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. In the case of cigarettes, it will cost a 40-a-day smoker up to '660 per month and about '8,000 per year in the UK and other parts of Europe and the UK where a packet of twenty sticks is sold at about '11.
  • Relationship troubles - drug and alcohol addictions can cause a lot of relationship problems.

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A person, because they indulge in alcohol or drugs may exhibit some or all of the above symptoms and not be certified addicts, but they will not display any of the withdrawal symptoms or the associated craving.