Symptoms of an Addiction

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Sometimes it’s hard to accept the truth about substance abuse, but it is beneficial to know the symptoms and warning signs of someone who is struggling with addiction. The warning signs may be subtle or obvious, but nonetheless it is important to keep an eye out for them. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Failure when attempting to stop using a drug
  • Spending money on a drug even if you can’t afford to
  • Using the drug to “escape from the real world”
  • Problems at school or work
  • Lack of energy and interest in appearance
  • A change in the person’s normal behavior

It’s also important to remember that different drugs affect the body in different ways and not all symptoms will be the same. Some drugs speed up the body and some slow it down, so the person will react accordingly. Catching addiction in the beginning stages can prove to be very helpful in the long run. If you notice early on, it can make the difference between a life-long addiction and recovery.


Drug Addiction: Symptoms Mayo Health Clinic
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