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Symptoms

Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

An indicator is something the patient feels and explains while a clue is something that others like doctor or friends see in the patient. To give an example, enlarged pupils can be a sign, whilst sleepiness can be a symptom.

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. Even if the substance poses a danger, they will still take it whether or not they know the dangers.


Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. Addicts may desire to quit (give up), however experiences it very hard to do without assistance.


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:

  • The individual uses the substance and does not have the power to stop - in several instances, like alcohol, nicotine or drug addiction, he/she at least once really tried to quit, but was unsuccessful.
  • 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. Some of these symptoms include cravings, moodiness, lack of focus, depression, frustration, anger, or resentment.
  • There may be abruptly increased craving. Withdrawal also comes with insomnia. 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. A case in point is when a smoker will continue to smoke even with a diagnosis of lung or heart disease.
  • Social sacrifices happen as activities are given up because of the addiction. To give an example, an alcoholic might decline an invitation to spend a day on a boat or to go camping when no alcohol is at hand, a smoker might choose not to meet with friends in a pub/restaurant that prohibits smoking.
  • 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 other parts of their budget so they can make sure they always have their substance of choice.
  • Taking risks (1) - some of the addicts may go as far as prostituting or stealing in the bid to raise money for the substance.
  • Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
  • Stress management - Addicts usually feel they cannot handle issues without fortifying themselves with the drug.
  • 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 - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. They either do not know or will not acknowledge that there is a problem.
  • 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.
  • Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. 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.
  • Taking a large initial dose - this is usually a problem with alcohol addiction. The addict will usually take a lot of the substance quickly so that they get the effect fast.
  • Legal problems - problems with the law occur more with drug and alcohol addictions. 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 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.
  • Strained relationships - such are seen more in cases where drugs or alcohol are the substance in use.

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Certain alcohol or substance abusers who aren't technically addicted might also be affected by or cause a few of the above-mentioned descriptions, though these abusers don't generally experience the withdrawal symptoms of addicts or the exact same obsession to use the substance.