Addiction – What does it look like

Addiction comes in a wide variety of forms. There are physical, substance and process addictions. Substance addiction is the best known of the addictions, and usually occurs when a person uses a mood altering substance to try and manage emotional and mental upsets. Addiction to substances include illicit drugs, alcohol and even prescription medication.

Here are some of the most common substances people are addicted to.






Signs of Addiction

When a person becomes addicted to a substance there are signs that will give away their use. The signs vary drug to drug. Be aware that the person in addiction will try to hide their use from family and friends.

Failure to complete responsibilities: If a person begins to struggle at their job or school work it could be a sign they are using.

Taking unusual risks: Such as driving impaired, (DUI’s are a large clue of an issue) unprotected sex or sharing needles are all signs of bad choices that come with addiction.

Struggles in personal relationships: Marital and family relationship will suffer during addiction. Arguments, and loss of friendships are indicators.

Legal Trouble: DUI’s, DWI’s, possession charges, disorderly conduct charges or theft charges can all be connected to drug abuse and addiction.

Increased Tolerance to the Substance: Having to take more and more of the substance to feel it’s effects can be a sign of addiction.

Avoiding Withdraw: If the person will time their use in order to avoid going through withdrawls they are in addiction.

Drug Focused Life: Spending your time thinking about how to get the drug, when and how you will use the drugs indicates addiction.

Disregard for Health: Continuing to use while aware that your health is at risk due to your use is a sign of addiction.


Behavioral Signs of Addiction


Struggles at work or school such as low attendance.

Secretive and or sneaky actions.

Constant need for money without explain expenses.

Mood swings with very high and very low periods or sleeping in excess.

The inability to hold rational conversations about personal actions or events.


Physical Signs of Addiction


Sudden and unexplained weight gain or weight loss. A loss of appetite or no interest in food.

A lack of personal hygiene and general drop in personal appearance.

Shaking hands or bobbling of the head, skin sores, needle marks on veins.

Bloodshot eyes, dark circles under eyes, large pupils, unusual breath or body odors.

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