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Symptoms

Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

A sign is something other people, like a doctor, notice while a symptom is something that the patient describes. For instance, drowsiness might be a symptom while dilated pupils might be a sign.

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)


Substance reliance can bring about effective yearnings. The person addicted may be willing to stop taking it, but they are not able on their own.


The signs and symptoms of substance reliance change as indicated by the individual, the substance they are dependent on, their family history (hereditary qualities) and individual conditions.

Some of the symptoms and signs of drug dependence can include:

  • The individual takes the substance and can't stop - as a rule, for example, nicotine, liquor or drug dependence, at least one genuine endeavour was made to surrender, however unsuccessfully.
  • Withdrawal symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. 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. Withdrawal also comes with insomnia. Constant vomiting and constipation may also occur in some situations. There may be seizures, hallucinations, sweats, trembling, and violence when certain substances are involved.
  • The addiction carries on regardless of health problems - an addicted person cannot take the drug even if they have developed sickness through taking it. For instance, a smoker may keep smoking even after a lung or heart condition prevails.
  • Social as well as recreational sacrifices - a few exercises are surrendered due to a dependence on something. 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 stock - Addicts always stock up on drugs to make sure they have a decent supply even if it costs more than they can afford. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
  • Dangers of Addiction (1) - An addict may go to any lengths including risking their lives by stealing or prostituting to get money or drugs.
  • Taking risks (2) - driving at a higher speed is one of the risks the addict may easily take when they have taken the substance.
  • Stress management - Addicts usually feel they cannot handle issues without fortifying themselves with the drug.
  • Obsession - someone who is addicted will continue to focus more and more time and energy on getting access to their substance.
  • Secrecy and solitude - often, addicts will take their substance alone and in secret.
  • Forswearing - a critical number of individuals who are dependent on a substance are trying to claim ignorance. They (are oblivious of or) ignore the fact that they are in danger.
  • Excess consumption - in addictions involving alcohol and some substance, the addict uses in excess. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
  • Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. This may even be the situation with smokers who discover they can't physically adapt to participating in their most loved game.
  • Having reserves - the addict might have small reserves of his/her substance concealed in various areas of the car/house; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Binging - Taking a lot of the substance at the beginning. An alcoholic might drink quickly to get drunk faster and feel good.
  • Breaking the law - Some drugs and alcohol (not tobacco) are known to cause people to do things against the law when under their influence. 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.
  • Money problems - if buying the substance causes a financial burden, and addict might sacrifice other things to make sure the supply is maintained. 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 problems - alcohol and drug addicts often than not experience problems in their relationships.

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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.