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Common Signs of Addiction

Addiction ConsequencesAddiction is a chronic and progressive disease that affects people from all socioeconomic, racial and religious backgrounds. Addicts feel both a physical and psychological need to continue using a substance, despite the many dangerous and negative consequences it has on their health, interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life. Recognizing the signs of addiction in yourself or a loved one can enable you to seek help before it’s too late.

The Warning Signs of Addiction

Often, someone who has become dependent on drugs or alcohol might exhibit some or all of the following symptoms.

  • Cravings: As their addiction worsens, people may experience intense urges to use the drug, leading them to seek out more even if their use of the substance is no longer pleasurable.
  • Tolerance: With prolonged use of drugs or alcohol, people build up a tolerance, which means it takes a larger dose of the substance to achieve the desired effects.
  • Physical dependence: Physical dependence to drugs can evolve as people grow accustomed to the persistent presence and influence of the substance. The changes in the brain and body that accompany this process leave people feeling unwell when the drug is no longer in the system. People who are physically dependent on a drug feel less like themselves when they are sober.
  • Withdrawal: Some people experience unpleasant symptoms when they attempt to quit using drugs or alcohol cold turkey, or when they try to gradually taper off their use. Symptoms such as shaking, nausea, vomiting, sweating and even physical pain indicate a physiological dependence on the drug.
  • Impaired judgment: Someone who has become addicted to drugs or alcohol spend excessive time and energy finding and obtaining their drug of choice. Many times, they are willing to go to great lengths to get more of the substance, including dangerous behavior such as stealing, lying, unsafe sex, selling drugs, driving other the influence or other illegal behavior that could lead to prison time.
  • Financial complications: People may be willing to spend large amounts of money and even go into debt to get more drugs or alcohol. This is a major red flag.
  • Neglected responsibilities: When people ignore work and family responsibilities in favor of using more drugs, this is a hallmark of addiction.
  • Denial: Addicts may stubbornly deny the extent of their problem, even when the negative effects have become impossible to ignore.  
  • Develop toxic relationships: Addicted people may prefer to surround themselves with others who have similar habits, thus encouraging their cycle of unhealthy behaviors.
  • Isolation: Alternatively, an addict may become excessively withdrawn from friends and family members. Some reasons for this may include perceived stigma, a wish to hide how much they are using or deteriorating mental health as a result of their drug addiction.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment in SLO County

Though these signs do not appear for every addict or with every substance addiction, they are common enough to make it worthwhile to know what to look for and when to consider seeking treatment at a qualified rehab center like The Haven at Pismo. At our well-appointed SLO County addiction treatment center, we offer supervised detox, residential treatment and outpatient programs for both men and women on the road to recovery.   

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