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Indications

Symptoms And Signs Of Dependency

While the signs are noticed by the doctor and people around the addict, the symptoms are known to the addict alone. Example is the case of dilated pupils being a sign while constant sleepiness is a symptom.

Dependence on a substance - the person who is addicted to a substance like alcohol or drugs loses the ability to decide when to use and when not to use such. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Drug addiction makes the body have a strong desire for the substance. The fanatic might need to surrender (quit), yet discovers it to a great degree hard to do as such without offer assistance.


The condition of the person, their family lineage, the substance in question, and the person involved are some of the factors that determine the possible signs and symptoms of addiction.

Some signs and symptoms of abuse could be:

  • Unsuccessful attempts at stopping - the person taking the substance, like nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs, has made at least on serious try at stopping and was unable to.
  • Reactions when trying to stop taking the drug, when the body has less of the substance than it is used to, it reacts, and the person can have physical pains and altered moods. There are desires, episodes of grouchiness, awful temper, poor concentration, a sentiment being discouraged, purge, disappointment, outrage, severity and disdain.
  • There could be a sudden increase in appetite. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. Constant vomiting and constipation may also occur in some situations. Depending on the drug, some will cause the person to be aggression, shivering, convulsions, delusions and perspirations.
  • Even with the knowledge that health problems exist, addiction continues - The person keeps taking the substance on a regular basis, even though negative health problems are becoming apparent. For instance, a smoker may keep smoking even after a lung or heart condition prevails.
  • Social as well as recreational sacrifices - a few exercises are surrendered due to a dependence on something. To give an example, an alcoholic might decline an invitation to spend a day on a boat or to go camping when no alcohol is at hand, a smoker might choose not to meet with friends in a pub/restaurant that prohibits smoking.
  • Keeping up a decent supply - individuals who are dependent on a substance will dependably ensure they have a good quantity of it, regardless of the possibility that they don't have much cash. Sacrifices might be made in other parts of their budget so they can make sure they always have their substance of choice.
  • Risky behaviours (1) - users will take unnecessary risks to make sure they can get the substance, like stealing or trading sex for money or drugs.
  • Taking risks (2) - while affected by a few substances addict may take part in unsafe exercises, for example, fast driving.
  • Dealing with problems - they always have the belief that they cannot handle their issues without drugs.
  • Fixation - an addict may spend more energy and time concentrating on manners of to get his/her drug, and in certain instances on how to use the drug.
  • Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
  • Lack of acceptance - Many people addicted people refuse to accept. These addicts do not know (or deny to admit) that they in fact have an issue.
  • Overindulgence - With some substances like alcohol, some types of drugs and cigarettes, the addict may take too much at a go. The effects can be physical symptoms, like a bad lasting cough (in the case of heavy smokers) and a sore throat, or blackouts (fail to remember moments).
  • Dropping diversions and exercises - as the compulsion advances the individual may quit doing things he/she used to appreciate a considerable measure. This may even be the situation with smokers who discover they can't physically adapt to participating in their most loved game.
  • Having reserves - the addict might have small reserves of his/her substance concealed in various areas of the car/house; frequently in improbable spots.
  • Taking an underlying substantial measurements - this is basic with liquor abuse. An alcoholic might drink quickly to get drunk faster and feel good.
  • Having problems with the law - many of the drug and alcohol addicts(except nicotine) suffer this problem. This might be either on the grounds that the substance disables judgment and the individual goes for broke they would not take in the event that they were calm or with a specific end goal to get hold of the substance they overstep the law.
  • Financial issues - when the substance is not cheap, the addict might give up a lot to ensure his/her supply is stable. For instance, in most of the western world a packet of twenty cigarettes costs more than '11, if an addict smokes two packs a day, they will need '660 monthly and about '8,000 annually.
  • Strained relationships - such are seen more in cases where drugs or alcohol are the substance in use.

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A person, because they indulge in alcohol or drugs may exhibit some or all of the above symptoms and not be certified addicts, but they will not display any of the withdrawal symptoms or the associated craving.