Show Menu

Signs & Symptons of Addiction Cheat Sheet by

symptoms     signs     healthcare     mental     addictions     detecting


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

Inability to deal with stress
Loss of interest in activi­tie­s/p­eople that used to be part of their lives
Confused easily
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

Download the Signs & Symptons of Addiction Cheat Sheet

1 Page

PDF (recommended)

Alternative Downloads

Share This Cheat Sheet!



No comments yet. Add yours below!

Add a Comment

Your Comment

Please enter your name.

    Please enter your email address

      Please enter your Comment.

          Related Cheat Sheets

          Symptoms of Paranoia Cheat Sheet
          The Signs of an Abusive Partner Cheat Sheet

          More Cheat Sheets by Davidpol