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The Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

A sign is something other people, like a doctor, notice while a symptom is something that the patient describes. Example is the case of dilated pupils being a sign while constant sleepiness is a symptom.

Drug Addiction - an addicted person cannot resist or restrict himself to the intake of the substance be it drug, alcohol, cigarette. Though these may be dangerous to them, they go ahead with alcohol consumption (the possible dangers may or may not be clear to the person)


Substance reliance can bring about effective yearnings. 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.


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.

The clues and indicators of addiction could be that

  • 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 symptoms - the mood and physical state of the person is affected when the level of such substance in the body of that person is altered. There are urges, spells of moodiness, fits of rage, poor concentration, a feeling of being sad and empty, anger, resentment and frustration.
  • The person's appetite may suddenly go high. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. Constant vomiting and constipation may also occur in some situations. There may be seizures, hallucinations, sweats, trembling, and violence when certain substances are involved.
  • Though the addicts witness these health issues, they continue to abuse those substances - even when they start suffering ailments as a result. A case in point is when a smoker will continue to smoke even with a diagnosis of lung or heart disease.
  • Recreational or social sacrifices - because of the substance addiction, some actions are forfeited. A drunkard might choose not to go camping or boat ride if there will not be alcohol or a smoker might choose not to join his friends if they are meeting in a no-smoke pub or hotel.
  • Keeping stock - Addicts always stock up on drugs to make sure they have a decent supply even if it costs more than they can afford. To ensure that the substance is as abundant as possible, sacrifices may be made to the household's budget.
  • 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.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Coping with problems - an addict often feels like they cannot deal with their problems unless they are using.
  • Pre-occupation - A user exhausts himself and his time working out ways of obtaining the drug and figuring out how to use it.
  • Serenely and isolation - much of the time the addict may take their substance alone and even in mystery.
  • Lack of acceptance - Many people addicted people refuse to accept. They (are oblivious of or) ignore the fact that they are in danger.
  • Abundance utilisation - in a few addictions, for example, liquor, a few medications and even nicotine, the individual expends it to overabundance. Some consequences to this are blacking out and not being able to remember periods of time and even physical symptoms, like the presence of a persistent cough or sore throat in a heavy smoker.
  • Dropping diversions and exercises - as the compulsion advances the individual may quit doing things he/she used to appreciate a considerable measure. 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.
  • Hoarding - Some will hide small amounts of the drugs in places others may not suspect in house, office or car.
  • Taking a large initial dose - this is usually a problem with alcohol addiction. The individual may swallow drinks down with a specific end goal to get plastered and after that vibe great.
  • 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 issues - when the substance is not cheap, the addict might give up a lot to ensure his/her supply is stable. In some countries, even cigarettes are very expensive, like in the UK, UK, and parts of Europe where someone who smokes two packs a day will spend '660 per month, nearly '8,000 per year.
  • Relationship issues - these problems are more typical with alcohol or drug dependency.

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Those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs on a technical manner may be exposed to the aforementioned dangers, but the severe urge to consume drugs and the withdrawal symptoms witnessed by an addict may not be present.