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

Substance dependence is when someone is addicted to a something like drugs or alcohol and they are not able to control their use of the substance. 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)


Drug addiction makes the body have a strong desire for the substance. 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.

These are some of the possible signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction:

  • 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 symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. Cases of resentment, bitterness, anger, frustration, depression, decreased focus, bad temper, emptiness, moodiness and cravings arise.
  • There may be abruptly increased craving. A sleeping disorder is a typical side effect of withdrawal. Some patients will have troubled bowel movements or running stomachs. Depending on the drug, some will cause the person to be aggression, shivering, convulsions, delusions and perspirations.
  • The addiction carries on regardless of health problems - an addicted person cannot take the drug even if they have developed sickness through taking it. To give an example, someone who smokes might continue to smoke even after a heart/lung issue has developed.
  • Social as well as recreational sacrifices - a few exercises are surrendered due to a dependence on something. For instance, a heavy drinker may reject an invitation to go outdoors or spend a day out on a boat if no alcohol is accessible, a smoker may choose not to join up with companions in a sans smoke bar or eatery.
  • Keeping a good supply - the person always makes sure they have access to the substance, even if they don't have a lot of money. To ensure that the substance is as abundant as possible, sacrifices may be made to the household's budget.
  • Taking risks (1) - in certain instances the addicted person might undertake risks to ensure he/she can get his/her substance, like stealing or exchanging sex for drugs/cash.
  • Risky behaviours (2) - could also occur as a result of being under the influence, such as reckless driving.
  • Dealing with problems - they always have the belief that they cannot handle their issues without drugs.
  • Obsession - a dependent individual may invest increasingly time and energy concentrating on methods for getting hold of their substance and sometimes how to utilise it.
  • Introversion and isolation - The addict may become secretive and want to isolate themselves from people.
  • Lack of acceptance - Many people addicted people refuse to accept. They either do not know or will not acknowledge that there is a problem.
  • Excessive use - with certain addictions, like alcohol, a few substances and even nicotine, the person uses it excessively. The results of over-indulgence could be memory loss or physiological issues like respiratory infections or a chronic cough as experienced by chain smokers.
  • Giving up activities and pastimes - as the dependency advances, the person might no longer do things he/she really liked. 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 an underlying substantial measurements - this is basic with liquor abuse. Huge volumes of drink may be taken at once in the bid to get high and enjoy the feeling.
  • Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). 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 troubles - drug and alcohol addictions can cause a lot of relationship problems.

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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.