Ups and Downs of Addiction

Attempting to Hide Addiction: Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol AddictionSymptoms of drug and alcohol addiction are usually hard to see.The person suffering from addiction will work hard to hide it from those around them.  If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you already know the extent to which lies and deceitful behavior will play a role in perpetuating the addiction and preventing loved ones from stopping them.

Dishonest behavior is just one of the common early warning signs exhibited by a loved one who’s abusing drugs or alcohol. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, some of the subtle behavioral changes you might overlook could be the early signs of addiction. Learning more about what to look for can help you determine if a loved one needs help. Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious disease that leads to severe mental and physical health consequences. If you recognize any of these side effects and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to reach out for help today.

Common Physical Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

  • Shakes or Tremors. Alcohol or drug abuse can lead to shakes or tremors, especially when the user’s body is withdrawing from the substance.
  • Appears Intoxicated. Bloodshot eyes,  off balance and increased clumsiness.
  • Weight Loss or Gain. Weight gain is a common symptom of alcohol addiction. Decreased appetite can also lead addicts to lose weight during their addiction.
  • Poor Self-Care Habits. Changes in personal hygiene practices, such as a dirty appearance and alcohol or drug-related smells on clothing or skin are common signs.
  • Increased Health Issues. Eventually, you will have more severe side effects, such as shortness of breath, sweating, rapid heartbeat or loss of consciousness.

Common Mental/Psychological Symptoms

  • Inexplicable Personality Change. Under the control of addiction, you or a loved one can transform from  even tempered to aggressive.
  • Mood Swings. Laughing one moment and yelling out in anger the next are sudden mood changes exhibited by addicts.
  • Seems Disoriented. Confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations caused by drug and alcohol abuse can appear disoriented.
  • Hyper or Lethargic. Out-of-the-ordinary energy bursts of lack of motivation are signs of alcohol and drug addiction.

Putting an End to the Symptoms, Working Towards Health and Hope

Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol AddictionThe only way to stop the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction is through professional treatment. You can connect with a  staff member whose compassion and expertise can assist you  in breaking the cycle of addiction. Working through the phases of treatment, such as detoxification and life skills classes can help to regain the happiness you deserve. Let today be the first day of a new life in sobriety.

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