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Symptoms

The Signs And Symptoms Of Addiction

A sign is something others, like the doctor, see, whilst a symptom is something that the patient discerns and explains. To give an example, enlarged pupils can be a sign, whilst sleepiness can be a symptom.

Substance dependence is when someone is addicted to a something like drugs or alcohol and they are not able to control their use of the substance. Though these may be dangerous to them, they go ahead with alcohol consumption (the possible dangers may or may not be clear to the person)


Drug addiction can lead to strong cravings. The person addicted may be willing to stop taking it, but they are not able on their own.


Personal circumstances, genetics, and the specific substance being used are all things that can determine how the signs and symptoms of abuse will manifest in an individual.

Signs and symptoms of substance enslavement may include:

  • The individual takes the substance and can't stop - as a rule, for example, nicotine, liquor or drug dependence, at least one genuine endeavour was made to surrender, however unsuccessfully.
  • Withdrawal side effects - when body levels of that substance go beneath a specific level the patient has physical and disposition related manifestations. There are desires, episodes of grouchiness, awful temper, poor concentration, a sentiment being discouraged, purge, disappointment, outrage, severity and disdain.
  • The person's appetite may suddenly go high. A sleeping disorder is a typical side effect of withdrawal. In certain instances, the person may be constipated or suffer from diarrhoea. With a few substances, withdrawal can trigger viciousness, trembling, seizures, fantasies and sweats.
  • Addiction proceeds in spite of medical issue awareness - the individual keeps taking the substance frequently, despite the fact that they have created diseases associated to it. Example is a smoker not giving up smoking even when they have been diagnosed of a related heart or lung disease.
  • Recreational and/or social sacrifices - certain activities are relinquished because of a dependency to some substance. Example is a smoker turning down a meeting with friends in an environment that is smoke free or an alcohol addict refusing to attend a profitable social gathering that does not involve alcohol.
  • Keeping a good supply - the person always makes sure they have access to the substance, even if they don't have a lot of money. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
  • Taking risks (1) - now and again the dependent individual ensure he/she can get his/her substance, for example, taking or exchanging sex for cash/drugs.
  • Taking risks (2) - while affected by a few substances addict may take part in unsafe exercises, for example, fast driving.
  • Coping with problems - an addict often feels like they cannot deal with their problems unless they are using.
  • Obsession - someone who is addicted will continue to focus more and more time and energy on getting access to their substance.
  • Serenely and isolation - much of the time the addict may take their substance alone and even in mystery.
  • Forswearing - a critical number of individuals who are dependent on a substance are trying to claim ignorance. Either they do not realise or outright deny they have a problem.
  • Excessive use - with certain addictions, like alcohol, a few substances and even nicotine, the person uses it excessively. The results of over-indulgence could be memory loss or physiological issues like respiratory infections or a chronic cough as experienced by chain smokers.
  • Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. This can even happen to smokers who discover that they can't physically do the sports or outdoor activities that the once enjoyed.
  • Having stashes - hiding some portions of the abused substance in the car or some place in the house may become the case for some persons.
  • Binging - Taking a lot of the substance at the beginning. The person my down drinks in an attempt to become intoxicated and then feel great.
  • Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). This might be since the drug weakens good sense and the person takes a risk he/she would not take if he/she were not intoxicated, or in an attempt to get his/hands on the substance, he/she does something illegal.
  • Budgetary troubles - if the substance is costly the dependent individual may yield a considerable measure to ensure its supply is secured. Even cigarettes, which in a few nations, for example, the UK, parts of Europe and the UK cost over '11 for a pack of twenty; a 40-a-day smoker in such a territory should set aside '660 every month, almost '8,000 every year.
  • Relationship troubles - drug and alcohol addictions can cause a lot of relationship problems.

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Certain alcohol or substance abusers who aren't technically addicted might also be affected by or cause a few of the above-mentioned descriptions, though these abusers don't generally experience the withdrawal symptoms of addicts or the exact same obsession to use the substance.