Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step towards getting help.
Whether you are concerned that you yourself are suffering from either a chemical or behavioral addiction, or you are concerned about someone you love, there are several signs you can watch out for to begin the process of healing.
If you are interested in learning more about the different types of addictions, and the signs that someone is suffering from an addiction, then this is the article for you.
For many of us, when we think of addiction or someone who is “an addict,” we have an image already in our head. This image could be someone we know that drinks heavily or uses drugs, someone that is unable to manage their lives, and someone who seems out of control.
The first step towards recognizing the different signs of addiction is to let go of any preconceived notions that you have and try to identify the evidence in front of you.
People who are suffering from addiction have many different faces. Addiction can affect anyone— a parent, a CEO of a business, someone who is unemployed, or anyone else you can think of.
We are not mentioning this to worry you in any way, just to help you start recognizing the signs of addiction rather than assigning certain characteristics or traits you may associate with addiction.
There are multiple signs of addiction. Some symptoms are harder to spot than others.
When thinking about recognizing different signs of addiction, it is also important to remember that one person may not be experiencing all of the different signs, they may just be experiencing a few.
If you or someone you loved is addicted to a behavior or substance, one telltale symptom is an increase in mood swings.
If someone has an addiction, they are in part using a chemical substance or action to regulate their own behavior.
Someone with an addiction may be more withdrawn, have sudden angry outbursts, or be overly talkative and energetic depending on their addiction.
If you have known someone for years and their recent behavior is different in any way, this could be a sign of addiction.
Another sign to watch out for within this symptom is to see if they no longer enjoy an activity that they used to. Being more withdrawn and showing a lack of interest in enjoyable activities may indicate that they are suffering from an addiction.
When someone is under the influence of a chemical substance such as drugs or alcohol, they are more likely to engage in risky behavior that they would normally not engage in.
This can include a wide range of behaviors:
This behavior may just occur one time, but if someone is suffering from an addiction it is likely that these behaviors will start to appear more and more.
When someone is addicted to a substance like drugs or alcohol, one of the tell-tale signs is that they become more secretive.
Someone that is addicted to drinking may lie about the amount of alcohol they have drunk, hide their alcohol in places other people will not find it, drink alone, and other behaviors. The same type of behaviors will go for those addicted to drugs.
However, being more secretive may not only apply to someone’s drug or alcohol usage, they may start to lie about their behavior as well.
Someone that is addicted to drugs or alcohol may lie about where they were the previous day, lie about relationships they are in, or lie about their finances. If you feel like your loved one is constantly lying or hiding something from you, it may be a sign of addiction.
This type of behavior can be exceptionally hurtful. However, with the appropriate treatment, someone who is suffering from addiction can begin to heal and change this behavior.
Both chemical and behavioral addictions may cause people’s appearances to change in a noticeable way.
Addiction can affect all aspects of an individual’s life, including their finances, relationships, hygiene, health, work-life, fitness, and more.
Here are some changes in appearance that you can look out for:
If you notice several of these changes in appearance, it could be a sign of addiction.
If you are concerned about you personally being addicted to drugs, alcohol, or another substance, taking a brief quiz may help you identify if you need to seek further treatment.
Now you know the different warning signs of addiction. Understanding the signs is just the first step. Next, if you believe you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction- know that it is never too early or too late to seek treatment.
Both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services and therapies have been shown to help people overcome addiction and regain control of their lives!
With services like holistic therapy, medical supervision, and more, it is possible to begin healing from addiction.
If you are interested in learning more about our services, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to help!