Am I Addicted? What are the Signs of Addiction
Due to the nature of an addiction, namely the denial of a problem, treatment isn’t always easily achieved. Therefore, it is important to understand the signs of addiction in an effort to be in a position to take action. Treating drug or alcohol addiction can be effectively carried out at a rehab center.
Factors that increase the risk of becoming an addict
The cause of addiction cannot be confined to just one reason. There are several factors that play into its’ development which are measured as an increased risk of becoming addicted and not a guarantee. The following are factors that can increase the chances of becoming addicted:
· Early use – Studies show that the earlier a person starts using a substance in life, the more likely they are to form an addiction later on. This is due to drug and alcohol use during one’s critical developmental stages.
· Peer pressure – Adolescents often experiment with drugs or alcohol as a result of peer pressure. At a young age, the desire to fit in can instigate bad decisions when trying be a part of the group.
· Type of drug use – Certain drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, are more addictive than others and therefore have an increased likelihood of addiction.
· Self-medication – People with a mental disorder such as depression or anxiety often use drugs or alcohol to avoid facing the emotional issues they experience. Self-medicating can alleviate their symptoms temporarily but often times it worsens the mental disorder in the long run.
· Trauma – People suffering from conditions such as PTSD due to emotionally charged events stemming from their past, have a greater risk of becoming a drug or alcohol addict.
Signs to look out for that signify an addiction
There are several indicative signs of a substance dependency that a person can detect in themselves or in their loved ones. If a person is fearful that they might be an addict, it is best that they take a hard, honest look at the state and condition of their life. If a person suspects that a loved one may have developed an addiction, they should address the issue immediately. The earlier the situation is brought to light, the better the chances are of successfully managing the problem.
The following are signs to look for in yourself or a loved one if you believe that the abuse of substances might be developing into an addiction:
· Physical signs – Signs include: changes in appearance, such as looking pale or undernourished. A constant runny nose can indicate a drug addiction to substances such as cocaine when it occurs outside of illness. Dilated pupils and red eyes can signify that there may be and addiction present if it happens often over a long period.
· Behavioral signs – Problems keeping to schedules, such as failing to attend work or school on multiple occasions, can signify an addiction. When at work or school, problems are arising more regularly. DUIs, being arrested, and other forms of legal issues are common for individuals experiencing drug or alcohol addiction. Isolation from others as well as problems in many relationships that once ran smoothly, are also possible signs that there is an addiction.
· Emotional signs – Becoming defensive at the slightest hint of addiction and being argumentative and irritable in general. Addicts often put a considerable amount of time into getting their hands on drugs or alcohol and taking them, that they no longer partake in many of the activities that use to bring them joy.
The three Cs should be looked at when dealing with a possible addiction. They are, cravings, continued use even though there are several negative consequences, and no control over how often or how much of the substance is taken.
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