Addiction And Its Signs

Addiction is compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by … well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal as defined in Webster’s dictionary.

There are physical addictions to nicotine, drugs, alcohol and caffeine, and then there are also relational addictions, involving one person or group of people who have a powerful hold on someone else’s life. Sometimes the two types of addiction are interconnected which are physical addiction and psychological addiction.

For some, an addiction is a method of numbing pain. Some people, literally, become powerfully addicted to painkiller pills, often following surgeries or some other medical procedure during which the painkillers were legally prescribed. Others use the intoxicated feeling they have after drug or alcohol use to forget about the pains and stresses of life, whether past or present.

Addiction is degenerative, addiction is cyclical and addiction is generational. One thing addiction is not is insurmountable, but recovery is a choice, it is a lifelong process and it is the toughest – and most rewarding – path an addict could choose.

How To Identify If Someone Is Addicted

There are many signs that can suggest addiction. But most obvious is the need to have a particular drug or substance. Others may include changes in mood or weight loss or gain. These also are signs of other conditions, too, though, such as depression or eating disorders.

Psychological Signals

When one start taking drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems or to relax.
Stealing or selling belongings to be able to afford drugs.
Mood swings can also be a signal of drug addiction.
There may be a loss of interest in activities that used to be important.
Changes in friend circle, such as hanging out only with friends who use drugs

Physical Signals

There might be a changes in sleeping habits. One feels shaky or sick always.
There can also be a change in eating habits, including weight loss or gain.
Need to take more of the substance to get the same effect.

Want To Quit Drugs?

Overcoming addictions is not that easy. Quitting drugs or drinking is probably going to be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done. Most people who try to kick a drug or alcohol problem need professional assistance or a treatment program to do so.
A lot of people think they can kick the problem on their own, but that doesn’t work for most people. You can always talk about your problems to some elderly person. He or she can be your friend, relative or any person who can help you to find out a right solution for your problem.