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Symptoms

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. An example of a symptom is a patient reporting sleepiness while a sign would be someone noticing dilated pupils.

Substance reliance - when a man is dependent on a substance, for example, a medication, liquor or nicotine, they are not ready to control the utilization 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).


Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. It will be extremely difficult for the addict to stop using the substance without external assistance, even when they want to.


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.

Some signs and symptoms of abuse could be:

  • It becomes difficult for the person to desist from using the substance - like drug, alcohol or nicotine, even when the person has attempted to stop at least on one occasion.
  • Withdrawal side effects - when body levels of that substance go beneath a specific level the patient has physical and disposition related manifestations. Other signs are an uncontrollable need to take the drug, short temper, irritability, short temper, loss of concentration, hopelessness, lack of purpose, annoyance, rage, offense, and animosity.
  • The person's appetite may suddenly go high. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. Some patients will have troubled bowel movements or running stomachs. With a few substances, withdrawal can trigger viciousness, trembling, seizures, fantasies and sweats.
  • Dependency persists in spite of health issues awareness - the person continues to use the substance often, in spite of the fact that they have developed diseases associated with it. An example is a smoker who doesn't stop smoking even after lung or heart problems begin.
  • Public and leisure forfeiture - Some people abandon their lifestyles to pursue drugs. 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 up a decent supply - individuals who are dependent on a substance will dependably ensure they have a good quantity of it, regardless of the possibility that they don't have much cash. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
  • Taking risks (1) - some of the addicts may go as far as prostituting or stealing in the bid to raise money for the substance.
  • Taking risks (2) - while affected by a few substances addict may take part in unsafe exercises, for example, fast driving.
  • Stress management - Addicts usually feel they cannot handle issues without fortifying themselves with the drug.
  • Pre-occupation - A user exhausts himself and his time working out ways of obtaining the drug and figuring out how to use it.
  • Secrecy and solitude - often, addicts will take their substance alone and in secret.
  • Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. These addicts do not know (or deny to admit) that they in fact have an issue.
  • Excess consumption - in addictions involving alcohol and some substance, the addict uses in excess. The result can be shutdowns (can't recall hunks of time) or physical manifestations, for example, a sore throat and awful cough (irresistible chain-smokers).
  • Losing interest in hobbies and activities - as the addiction gets worse and worse, the addict might stop doing things that e or she used to love. Chain smokers might not be strong anymore to participate in sports they once enjoyed.
  • Having stashes - the dependent individual may have little supplies of their substance shrouded away in various parts of the house or auto; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Consuming a dose that is initially larger - this is typical with alcoholism. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Having problems with the law - many of the drug and alcohol addicts(except nicotine) suffer this problem. The fact that this alters their judgment and makes them to choose things they would rather not choose in times of sobriety or the urge to access such substances may be the cause of this.
  • Financial issues - when the substance is not cheap, the addict might give up a lot to ensure his/her supply is stable. For instance, in most of the western world a packet of twenty cigarettes costs more than '11, if an addict smokes two packs a day, they will need '660 monthly and about '8,000 annually.
  • Relationship issue; these are more normal in drug/liquor fixation.

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Some people who abuse drugs or alcohol might not be technically addicted but can still suffer the effects mentioned here but do not usually suffer from withdrawal symptoms or have the same obsession to use the substance.