10 Common Signs of Drug Addiction
Although drug addiction has become rampant throughout our society, it can be hard to tell if you or a loved one are just going through a rough patch or if it is an addiction to drugs.
Drugs are everywhere – at parties, at the bar, in friend’s houses. It can seem very commonplace during your nightly activities to do drugs. You know, as a social thing.
But sometimes people cross this invisible line and all of a sudden, you are different from the rest of your friends and you don’t know how or why.
If you or someone you care about seems to be teetering, we’ve made a list of the most common signs of addiction so you can see if getting real help is necessary.
Let’s talk about that.
Wanting a beer or a glass of red wine after a long day at work is perfectly normal.
Craving drugs throughout your day – not so much. If you find yourself craving drugs fairly often, that is a sign that there are things you should be addressing.
2. Keeping Secrets
Having a party with legal substances is normal.
If you find that you are using drugs by yourself and keeping it a secret from those around you, this is a key sign you might be fighting addiction.
3. Lying About Your Use
Along with keeping secrets, an even stronger indicator that help is needed is if you find yourself lying about what you are using, how much, and how often you are using it.
Try to be honest with at least one person who you feel won’t judge you, and who you feel can listen to you. It is important to have someone who knows your using habits so they can let you know if you are spiraling.
If you start to use on your own and hide away from the world to do drugs you may want to start looking into ways to get help. If you feel you are losing friends and relationships over your use of drugs, it’s time to seek help.
Using on your own isn’t normal, even if you think it might be. It can spiral into chronic depression.
5. Not Being Able to Stop
One of the most classic signs of drug addiction is that you can’t stop when you want to.
If you find that you have something important to do, and you miss it because you were doing drugs, that is certainly a sign.
Also, if you say you’re only going to take a certain amount, but can’t seem to stick to your limit, it is probably time to take a break and work on your using habits.
6. Losing Money
If you spend more money than you should, or even worse, more than you can afford, on drugs, you should take some time to see if you can cut your spending down.
If you find that you can’t, it’s time to look at your use and consider getting help.
7. Engaging in Risky Behavior
If you find that doing drugs go hand in hand for you with doing things that usually fall below your moral barometer, you should take some time to consider why that is.
If you can’t seem to do drugs safely, or they impair your judgement to a point of making bad decisions, it would be wise to look into getting help.
Another sign that you or a loved one may have a problem with drug addiction is mood swings. If you find yourself getting cranky or irritable when sober, it might be due to withdrawal symptoms. When you are addicted, your body is physically dependent on the drug. This means your body craves the drug once the dose starts to wear off and can cause uncomfortable symptoms that range from irritability to depression to headaches and more.
If you only feel like yourself when you’re high, you should look into getting help as soon as possible. Drugs can sometimes take over a person’s personality so that they become emotionally dependent on it as well as physically dependent.
9. Withdrawal Symptoms
If you find yourself getting symptoms of withdrawal you should seek a place to help you kick the drugs as soon as possible.
Symptoms of withdrawal can include feeling clammy, nausea, headache, stomachache, fever with chills, and muscle ache.
This is an indicator to get medical attention. Do not attempt to kick it by yourself, withdrawal symptoms are incredibly unsafe and best done under supervision in a detox facility.
10. Worrying About Your Use
Now comes the real meta part- if you are reading this article and looking into the chance that you or someone you love is struggling with drugs, chances are there is a problem.
It can be hard to admit but searching for signs of drug addiction may be a cry for help. If you feel like you are sick and tired of doing the same thing over and over without getting better, get some help. You deserve to be healthy and happy and free from addiction.
What to Do About the Signs of Addiction
If you find yourself doing some of the things listed in this article, it may be time to get some help.
It can be really tough to figure out how to start getting help in the first place. The good news is, there are dozens and dozens of resources for those who need help. You just have to take the steps to recover.
Reading this article is actually the first step to getting better, so congratulations!
The stigma of getting help for substance abuse problems is nearly gone, and now is the best time to get help. If you seek guidance, you can’t do wrong.
Admitting you have a problem is the first step to getting help. It may sound like a cliche, but that’s because more often than not, it is correct. You deserve to recover, and it is possible, even if you think it isn’t.
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