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Signs of drug addiction

To Clarify, addiction is a chronic disorder with a compulsive drug seeking behavior, with continued use regardless of the dangerous consequences. Addiction is a three-fold disease, physical, mental and spiritual.

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

Most importantly, these are common behaviors that most people abusing substances exhibit. Everyone is different though, and any behavior that is new, unusual or cannot be explained by something else like an illness or traumatic experience should be cause for concern.

Decrease in performance:

Drug and alcohol abuse can decrease performance and memory, which can cause neglect to family and work responsibility.

Socially withdrawn:

The abuse of drugs or alcohol can often lead a person to hide his or her activities from their loved ones causing them to be withdrawn and isolated. Therefore, this can also cause them to engage in risky behavior such as stealing, driving under the influence.

Mood instability:

Drugs or alcohol can have many effects on the body and mind causing profound changes in moods, they may experience depression, anxiety, euphoric outbursts for no obvious reason and paranoia.

Legal and financial problems:

A drug habit can be expensive, and it is also illegal. Abusing drugs can lead to overspending, getting into debt, maxing out credit cards, borrowing too much, and to trouble with the law.

Problems in relationships:

Drug abuse can cause a lot of conflict in families and couples, leading to fights and breakups. Relationships at work and with friends may also suffer.

Physical Signs of drug / alcohol addiction

Consequently, physical warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse are more difficult to hide, however while different types of drug abuse cause specific physical symptoms, these are common with any type substance abuse.

Alcohol abuse:

Aggression, Discontent, Loneliness, Delirium, Fear, Anxiety, Blackouts, Liver damage. Further more withdrawal symptoms include, Insomnia, Nausea, Anxiety, Shakes.

Marijuana (Dagga) Abuse:

Shift in appetite, Red eyes, Fatigue, Impaired memory, Delusions, Psychosis. Likewise withdrawal symptoms include, Headaches, Anxiety, Sleepless nights, Depression, Mood changes.

Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Methadone, Nyaope Abuse:

Sweating, being discontent, Chronic constipation, small pupils, Shallow breathing, Reduced sex drive. Withdrawal symptoms for heroin and above include Pain in muscles, Diarrhea, Vomiting, Anxiety, Abdominal cramps, Elevated heart rate.

Benzodiazepine Abuse:

Drowsiness, Confusion, Muscle weakness, Slurred speech, Dizziness, Vision problems, Dry mouth. Likewise, withdrawal symptoms for benzodiazepine include, Nausea, Muscle cramps, Sleeplessness, Headaches, Sweating, Shakes.

Cocaine Abuse:

Extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch, Decreased appetite, Aggression, Paranoia, Nose bleeds, Mood instability, Anxiety. As a result withdrawal symptoms for cocaine include, Depression, suicidal thoughts, Restlessness, Vivid dreams, Anhedonia, Muscle aches.

Amphetamine (Prescription medication) Abuse:

Increased heart rate, Paranoia, No appetite, Muscle spasm, High body temperature, Loss of weight, Insomnia, Isolation. In addition the withdrawal symptoms include, Depression, suicidal thoughts, Restlessness, Vivid dreams, Anhedonia, Muscle aches.

Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth / tik, Diet pill) Abuse:

Dilated pupils, Severe tooth decay, Erratic behavior, No appetite, Disorientation, Paranoia, Psychosis. Withdrawal symptoms for crystal meth and above include, Hypersomnia, Red itchy eyes, Stomachache/constipation, Dehydration, Depression, No motivation.

Psychedelics / Hallucinogenic Abuse:

Impulsiveness, Dry mouth or dehydration, Rapid shifts in moods, extreme euphoria and fear, Numbness, Mixed sensory (seeing “sounds” and hearing “colors”), Reactions to sounds. Withdrawal symptoms for psychedelic drugs include, Psychosis, Changes in mood, Long term visual distortions, Paranoia, Seizures and extensive muscle breakdown, Respiratory arrest.

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