Signs of Addiction

Symptoms of an addiction to drugs or alcohol are experienced by an individual and can be described. These symptoms can be physical or mental indications of a disease or problem. Signs of drug or alcohol abuse, which are detailed below, are things that others notice happening in the lives of family members or friends. They might be something a doctor notices, for example, if he sees a patient routinely and observes changes. Signs that an individual is an addict may or may not be easily noticed. The signs of an alcoholic may be a little harder to pick up on because they can vary.

Signs of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism May Include:

  • The individual may exhibit an inability to stop using a drug or drinking. They may make serious but unsuccessful attempts to quit.
  • One of the most common signs in an addict is withdrawal. When the body's substance levels drop below what its comfortable with or accustomed to, the user may experience physical and mood changes including insomnia, diarrhea, feelings of violence, seizures, sweats, hallucinations and trembling.
  • Refusal to acknowledge or admit to his substance abuse problem is a sign of an addict.
  • An individual may avoid certain social situations, such as declining an invitation to go camping because he will be unable to drink.
  • Maintaining a full stock of a substance becomes important, even when bills are not paid because the money is being spent on the addiction.
  • An inability to handle stress or deal with problems without using the substance is a sign of alcoholism or drug abuse.
  • A sudden increase in appetite can be a sign of alcoholism or drug abuse.
  • Health issues may crop up, but the addiction takes priority over seeking treatment for these problems.