When you see someone in a strong addiction, it's easy to separate the relationship. On your way home from work you pass a homeless man sleeping in ragged clothes next to a crumpled brown bag on the dirty street corner. Maybe he's in his fifties. Maybe it's only years that have aged him . In any case, it's easy to turn your gaze back to the road in a matter of seconds, thinking, "I could never reach that point."
But that's the thing with the addiction. No one picks up a bottle, swallows a tablet or takes the first punch when he expects to become addicted. Substance use can easily become addictive, sometimes without the user even noticing that there is a problem until their addiction wreaks havoc in every aspect of their lives.
The fact that addiction is first and foremost a self-diagnosed disease has advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, addicts are often blind to their own struggle as their drug choice obscures any rational perception. On the other hand, the search for search symptoms and signs can open the door for someone who seeks help before it is too late .
Although each person's experience of drug abuse is unique, there are some common addictive symptoms and signs that can serve as indicators. Common addictive symptoms are:
Beware of increasing tolerance
However, the requirement to drink more (or more to use) to feel the same effects indicates a problem, even if the increase is slow and subtle.
If a person drinks or uses drugs on a regular basis, the effect of the substance is diminished over time. Your tolerance has increased. You need to use more to achieve the same effects that others would achieve with a much lower dose. Do you see the problem?
Physical dependence: the largest red flag
Physical dependence is one of the most treasonable addictive symptoms. It's the holy grail difference between someone who drinks to get a buzz and someone who drinks to work.
Sounds weird, right? If you have not had an addiction, it's probably hard to understand why someone may not be able to function without alcohol or drug use. Many substances chemically enter the brain and body of a person if they are regularly abused. For example, alcohol and opioids have enormous capacities for physical dependence. The body becomes so used to having these substances in its system that it is hard for it to function for a significant period of time. This fight manifests in the form of a retreat. Withdrawal symptoms are at best very uncomfortable and in the worst case fatal.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
To ward off these symptoms, a person will use more of the substance on which they depend. There you have it: drinking (or consuming) to work.
Withdrawal can be incredibly dangerous and even deadly if not handled safely. New Start Recovery offers a supervised and personalized detox to make our customers' withdrawal process as safe and comfortable as possible.
Behavioral Dependence Symptoms
Although it is a significant indicator, physical dependency is not exactly the ideal way to determine if you have a problem. I mean, no one wants to stop drinking and wait until he gets sick, feverish and dizzy.
Neglect of responsibilities (personal, professional and family)
Insulating and / or Secret Behavior
Bad Decision Making
Streamline, Excuse or Justify Behavior
Loss of interest in other activities
Although these signs are almost always associated with more physical and treacherous addictions, they are more likely to indicate a substance abuse problem than a full-fledged addiction. Regardless, they can be used to determine if you or someone you know has a problem.
Caution: Cold Turkey can kill
The biggest obstacle to recovery is denial.
We all heard the saying, "The first step in getting help is to admit that you have a problem." Recovery and overdose.
However, if you find you have a problem, it can be incredibly dangerous to leave a cold turkey (ie without a cone). This fact can not be emphasized enough. People have literally died of withdrawal symptoms . In cases where chemical dependence has developed, detoxification is required.
New Start offers both detoxification and inpatient treatment. During detoxification, we help our customers slowly clear all drugs and alcohol for several days to make the process as safe as possible. We also offer detox medications on a case-by-case basis to relieve withdrawal symptoms and reduce food cravings.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction issues, our consultants offer free reviews around the clock: 855-737-7363