If you've been struggling with substance use but aren't sure if it has risen to the level of addiction, these five signs can help you identify whether or not your substance use has become substance abuse. As difficult as recognizing that you may be struggling with addiction can be, understanding what addiction looks like and knowing where to turn for help are vital steps in addressing this disease.
1. Changes in Behavior
One of the most common signs of addiction is changes in behavior. Some people find that they have become more withdrawn, irritable, or anxious, while others might become more reckless, impulsive, or aggressive. You may also notice that a person’s sleeping or eating habits have changed or that they are no longer interested in activities they once enjoyed.
These behavioral changes can indicate the presence of addiction and may be a sign that a person is struggling to cope with their addiction.
2. Strong Cravings
Another possible sign that you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction is strong cravings for the substance that they are addicted to.
These cravings can be overwhelming and may leave a person feeling like they cannot function normally without using their drug of choice. Persistent cravings can be a sign of addiction, and it is important that people seek help if they are struggling to control these cravings.
3. High Tolerance Levels
Over time, people who struggle with addiction may find that they need to use larger amounts of their chosen substance in order to achieve the same effect. This is because the body becomes tolerant of the substance, so the person needs more of it to achieve the desired effect.
If you find that you are using more of a substance than you did before or that you need it more frequently to feel the same way, then this can be a sign that you are struggling with addiction.
4. Withdrawal Symptoms
When a person becomes addicted to a substance, they may experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using it. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include things like headaches, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
Withdrawal symptoms are a sign that the body has become dependent on the substance and that professional help may be needed to safely stop using it.
5. Interference in Daily Life
Addiction can also have a negative impact on a person’s ability to function in their daily life. People who are struggling with addiction may find that their work or school performance has suffered or that they are no longer able to fulfill their responsibilities at home or with family and friends. Addiction can interfere with a person’s social life as well, causing people to become isolated and distant from others.
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If you or someone you love is displaying any of these five signs of addiction, take action and seek help right away. Don’t let it continue any longer than it needs to - get support from those who understand and care for you. The Good Life Treatment Center has dedicated professionals who are determined to provide specialized, compassionate care tailored to your individual needs while breaking free from the chains of addiction. Reach out today and start on the path toward recovery.
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