Substance use and abuse is most certainly an epidemic all around the world. For some reason, the human race has never been able to successfully escape the need to escape. The line between recreation and addiction will almost always present itself shrouded in a thick fog. For few, the pull towards addiction just doesn’t exist.
For the majority, it’s a slippery slope. If you feel you may have reason for concern when it comes to substance use and abuse in yourself, or a close friend/family member, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is a quick summary of some of the most frequent and common signs and symptoms of addiction.
Just can’t stop despite negative consequences
The easiest symptom to identify is the inability to quit using the substance, even after there have been negative life consequences. If you or the person in question have been arrested due to use, have had health issues due to use, or it’s caused relationship issues, then there’s reason to be concerned. If those occurrences in life don’t sway the substance abuse, then there’s a problem.
The mere presence of withdrawal symptoms
If a person has physical withdrawal symptoms when substance use is not present, then it’s likely that there’s an issue. It takes quite a bit of any physically addictive substance to actually cause your body to physically withdrawal. If you or your friend/family member are experiencing these symptoms, then you should definitely look into treatment options.
Loss of interest in enjoyable pastimes
When addiction becomes a major focus in one’s mind, there’s a lack of interest in activities that have generally been enjoyable. If a football player gradually loses his/her drive or love for the game and quits playing, then there’s a reason to try stirring up a conversation. It’s not always a drug addiction, but this behavior should always warrant concern from those closest to us.
Physical manifestations begin to appear
There are physical manifestations to every drug when it’s overused. For example, methamphetamine use causes sores to appear on the face and arms. Excessive alcohol use causes high blood pressure, which is most commonly manifested through redness in the cheeks. If someone’s cheeks are always glowing, that could be a sign of an alcohol problem. You should research the physical signs of the suspected substance to become a bit more informed.
Responsibilities fall to the wayside
When a mostly responsible person begins to allow their responsibilities to fall to the wayside, then there’s probably a problem. There’s absolutely no reason, in reality, why a substance should be more important than your job or family…etc. If you’ve lost sight of that, then you should seek out some help.