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Indications

Symptoms And Signs Of Dependency

While the signs are noticed by the doctor and people around the addict, the symptoms are known to the addict alone. For instance, drowsiness might be a symptom while dilated pupils might be a sign.

Drug addiction - when an individual is dependent on a substance, like a drug, nicotine or alcohol, he/she is unable to manage his/her use of that 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. Addicts may desire to quit (give up), however experiences it very hard to do without assistance.


The condition of the person, their family lineage, the substance in question, and the person involved are some of the factors that determine the possible signs and symptoms of addiction.

The clues and indicators of addiction could be that:

  • The patient is unable to stop taking the said drug, for addiction to cigarettes, alcohol or a drug; they will have tried to stop on their own at some point and failed.
  • Withdrawal symptoms - when the body levels of that drug drop below a specific level, a patient experiences mood-related and physical symptoms. There are urges, spells of moodiness, fits of rage, poor concentration, a feeling of being sad and empty, anger, resentment and frustration.
  • There could be a sudden increase in appetite. Sleeplessness is a typical symptom of withdrawal. Sometimes the individual may have constipation or diarrhoea. With a few substances, withdrawal can trigger viciousness, trembling, seizures, fantasies and sweats.
  • Dependency persists in spite of health issues awareness - the person continues to use the substance often, in spite of the fact that they have developed diseases associated with it. An example is a smoker who doesn't stop smoking even after lung or heart problems begin.
  • Public and leisure forfeiture - Some people abandon their lifestyles to pursue drugs. A drunkard might choose not to go camping or boat ride if there will not be alcohol or a smoker might choose not to join his friends if they are meeting in a no-smoke pub or hotel.
  • Keeping up a decent supply - individuals who are dependent on a substance will dependably ensure they have a good quantity of it, regardless of the possibility that they don't have much cash. To ensure that the substance is as abundant as possible, sacrifices may be made to the household's budget.
  • 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.
  • Managing issues - a dependent individual usually feels they require their drug to manage their issues.
  • Obsession - someone who is addicted will continue to focus more and more time and energy on getting access to their substance.
  • Secrecy and solitude - often, addicts will take their substance alone and in secret.
  • Lack of acceptance - Many people addicted people refuse to accept. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
  • Abundance utilisation - in a few addictions, for example, liquor, a few medications and even nicotine, the individual expends it to overabundance. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
  • Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. This may even be the situation with smokers who discover they can't physically adapt to participating in their most loved game.
  • 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.
  • Taking an initial large dose - alcohol abuse normally has this symptom. The addict will usually take a lot of the substance quickly so that they get the effect fast.
  • Breaking the law - Some drugs and alcohol (not tobacco) are known to cause people to do things against the law when under their influence. This might be either on the grounds that the substance disables judgment and the individual goes for broke they would not take in the event that they were calm or with a specific end goal to get hold of the substance they overstep the law.
  • Money problems - if buying the substance causes a financial burden, and addict might sacrifice other things to make sure the supply is maintained. For instance, in most of the western world a packet of twenty cigarettes costs more than '11, if an addict smokes two packs a day, they will need '660 monthly and about '8,000 annually.
  • Relationship troubles - drug and alcohol addictions can cause a lot of relationship problems.

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Those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs on a technical manner may be exposed to the aforementioned dangers, but the severe urge to consume drugs and the withdrawal symptoms witnessed by an addict may not be present.