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Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

A symptom is something the patient senses and depicts, while a sign is something other individuals, for example, the specialist take notice of. 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. 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).


Uncontrollable urge could be occasioned by dependence on a substance. The fanatic might need to surrender (quit), yet discovers it to a great degree hard to do as such without offer assistance.


The condition of the person, their family lineage, the substance in question, and the person involved are some of the factors that determine the possible signs and symptoms of addiction.

Some signs and symptoms of abuse could be:

  • The patient is unable to stop taking the said drug, for addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or a drug; they will have tried to stop on their own at some point and failed.
  • Withdrawal side effects - when body levels of that substance go beneath a specific level the patient has physical and disposition related manifestations. Cases of resentment, bitterness, anger, frustration, depression, decreased focus, bad temper, emptiness, moodiness and cravings arise.
  • There could be a sudden increase in appetite. Withdrawal also comes with insomnia. Sometimes, the user might have GI symptoms, like constipation or diarrhoea. Depending on the substance, withdrawal might also cause violence, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, and sweating.
  • Though the addicts witness these health issues, they continue to abuse those substances - even when they start suffering ailments as a result. An example is a smoker who doesn't stop smoking even after lung or heart problems begin.
  • Recreational or social sacrifices - because of the substance addiction, some actions are forfeited. Example is a smoker turning down a meeting with friends in an environment that is smoke free or an alcohol addict refusing to attend a profitable social gathering that does not involve alcohol.
  • Keeping a good reserve - addicts will at all times ensure that they have a good reserve of the substance, even when they do not have a lot of cash. They may ensure that this substance is made available by dipping into the budget of the entire home.
  • Dangers of Addiction (1) - An addict may go to any lengths including risking their lives by stealing or prostituting to get money or drugs.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Dealing with problems - they always have the belief that they cannot handle their issues without drugs.
  • Obsession - figuring out the best way to access their substance and how to use it may occupy a greater part of their time and energy
  • Introversion and isolation - The addict may become secretive and want to isolate themselves from people.
  • Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. Either they do not realise or outright deny they have a problem.
  • Excess consumption - the individual takes too much of drugs, nicotine or alcohol in some cases of addiction. 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).
  • Dropping hobbies and activities - with time, the person may start shying away from those activities that makes him happy before. 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 stashes - hiding some portions of the abused substance in the car or some place in the house may become the case for some persons.
  • Consuming a dose that is initially larger - this is typical with alcoholism. The person my down drinks in an attempt to become intoxicated and then feel 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 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.
  • Money problems - if the drug is costly, the addicted person may neglect or cut down on other needs to afford it. For instance, in most of the western world a packet of twenty cigarettes costs more than '11, if an addict smokes two packs a day, they will need '660 monthly and about '8,000 annually.
  • Relationship issues - these problems are more typical with alcohol or drug dependency.

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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.