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Signs & Symptons of Addiction Cheat Sheet by

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Introd­uction

Drug and alcohol addiction typically starts off as recrea­tional, whereby the individual drinks and/or uses in a social setting. The disease is progre­ssive, which means that as time passes, he or she will exhibit a higher tolerance, frequently engage in the behavior and experience intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Below is a list of the common signs of addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder, get help now.

Physical Signs of Addiction

Over-active or under-­active (depending on the drug)
Repetitive speech patterns
Dilated pupils, red eyes
Excessive sniffing and runny nose (not attrib­utable to a cold)
Looking pale or undern­our­ished
Clothes do not fit the same
Weight loss
Change in eating habits
Unusual odors or body odor due to lack of personal hygiene

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

Missing work/s­chool
Work/school problems
Missing important engage­ments
Isolating/secretive about activities
Disrupted sleep patterns
Legal problems
Relationship/marital problems
Financial problems (e.g. always needing money)
Conversations dominated by using or drug/a­lcohol related topics

Emotional Signs of Addiction

Irritability/Argumentative
Defensiveness
Inability to deal with stress
Loss of interest in activi­tie­s/p­eople that used to be part of their lives
Obnoxious
Silly
Confused easily
Denial
Rationalizing – Offering alibis, excuses, justif­ica­tions, or other explan­ations for their using behavior
Minimization – Admitting superf­icially to the problem but not admitting to the seriou­sness or full scope of the behavior or conseq­uences
Blaming – Placing the blame for the behavior on someone else or some event
Diversion – Changing the subject to avoid discussing the topic
 

3Cs of Addiction

Loss of Cont­rol over the amount and frequency of use
Craving and Compul­sive using
Cont­inued use in the face of adverse conseq­uences

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