Symptoms and Warning Signs

Information on identifying the warning signs and symptoms of addiction and substance abuse.

Warning Signs of Addiction & Substance Abuse

Addiction and substance abuse affects millions of people, regardless of any socioeconomic factors. One way to spot warning signs of an addiction or substance abuse issue is through the signs and symptoms of withdrawals. Withdrawal symptoms from drugs or alcohol depends on the type of drug and can range from light to severe, to life-threatening. One can also spot the warning signs and symptoms of an addiction from social cues, general emotional state, and even financial troubles.

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Physical warning signs of addiction and substance abuse.

Physical Symptoms

Physical warning signs of an addiction can vary depending on the addict’s current state of health, genetics, emotional well-being, and which substance or substances they’re abusing. The physical signs of addiction for heroin abuse will look different than that of signs of marijuana or prescription pill abuse. For example, an intravenous heroin user may exhibit “tracks”, or physical signs that they are using needles. Or, a cocaine addict may show signs of erratic behavior coupled with excessive sweating. The physical signs and symptoms of addiction will vary based on many factors. Klonopin, methamphetamine, marijuana, LSD and other hallucinogens, hydrocodone, MDMA and ecstasy, and all types of opioids will range in physical symptoms.

Behavioral and Emotional Signs

It’s no secret that behavior and emotions are severely affected by addiction. These signs and symptoms will depend on many different components: pre-existing trauma, the amount of drug use, health & fitness, and the type of drug(s) being consumed. Behavioral & emotional symptoms of addiction can range from loneliness, depression and general mood-swings to disorientation, confusion, and extreme cognitive impairment.

Social and Financial

Some people may show no outward signs of addiction. These people are typically known as “high-functioning” addicts. Sometimes their addiction symptoms manifest themselves in social settings, relationships, and management of their personal finances.

Addictive Substances

Below are commonly abused and highly addictive substances and drugs. These drugs may cause both physical or mental signs of addiction. Review the warning signs and find out if you or your loved one is in need of addiction and mental health treatment. If so, please contact us here or call 1-888-986-7848.

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