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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.

Drug addiction - when an individual is dependent on a substance, like a drug, nicotine or alcohol, he/she is unable to manage his/her use 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 makes the body have a strong desire for the substance. It's possible that the addict wants to stop taking the substance but finds it really hard to do so on his or her own.


Personal circumstances, genetics, and the specific substance being used are all things that can determine how the signs and symptoms of abuse will manifest in an individual.

These are some of the possible signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction

  • 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.
  • Reactions when trying to stop taking the drug, when the body has less of the substance than it is used to, it reacts, and the person can have physical pains and altered moods. 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. Sleeplessness is a typical symptom of withdrawal. In certain instances, the person may be constipated or suffer from diarrhoea. Depending on the substance, withdrawal might also cause violence, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, and sweating.
  • 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.
  • 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 supply - the person always makes sure they have access to the substance, even if they don't have a lot of money. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
  • Risky behaviours (1) - users will take unnecessary risks to make sure they can get the substance, like stealing or trading sex for money or drugs.
  • Taking risks (2) - while affected by a few substances addict may take part in unsafe exercises, for example, fast driving.
  • 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
  • Serenely and isolation - much of the time the addict may take their substance alone and even in mystery.
  • Denial - most people suffering from addiction refuse to admit it. They (are oblivious of or) ignore the fact that they are in danger.
  • Excess consumption - the individual takes too much of drugs, nicotine or alcohol in some cases of addiction. 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. Chain smokers might not be strong anymore to participate in sports they once enjoyed.
  • Stashing the substance - an addict might hide small stocks of the substance in unlikely places, like around the house or in the car.
  • Binging - Taking a lot of the substance at the beginning. The addict will usually take a lot of the substance quickly so that they get the effect fast.
  • Having problems with the law - many of the drug and alcohol addicts(except nicotine) suffer this problem. 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.
  • Budgetary troubles - if the substance is costly the dependent individual may yield a considerable measure to ensure its supply is secured. 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.