Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

signs of addiction

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Addiction to drugs affects people from all cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The addictions often set in before the person even realizes that they have a dependency. But there are patterns to addictions, symptoms that can be noticeable.  It is important to be aware of the signs as a drug rehab may be needed.

Do you think a loved one of yours might be suffering with and addiction? If you notice the signs, you may be able to help that person take action. These are the many different signs and symptoms of drug addiction:

Behavioral Changes

Drug use can very drastically affect a person behavior, personality, and habits. Once someone is addicted to a substance, their primary focus is on the drug, the fix, and the next shot at getting that drug. This means that many other aspects of life can get pushed to the wayside.

Drugs are also notorious for making people aggressive and irritable, as well as lead to serious depression. These behavioral and personality changes can lead to a shift in a person’s priorities, causing problems with their friends and family, work life, finances, and more.

Physical Changes

Addiction to drugs is cause by the upped amount of dopamine production in the body, which regulates out emotions. This means that when you take a drug, your body is tricked into thinking its happy and therefore wants more drugs. Before you realize it, your body has a dependency on that feeling (and that drug) and you’re addicted.

Drug use over an extended period of time can also lead your body to develop tolerances to the drug, and your body will need more of the drug to feel the same level of feelings, the ‘high’ that you get. This can be dangerous, as it can lead to overdose.

Other physical symptoms of drug addiction can include changes in weight, bloodshot and glazed-over eyes, enlarged or restricted pupils, and chills or sweating, and even hallucinations and paranoia. Long term use can also lead to problems with the brain, heart, and other organs.

 

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