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Admitting that you or your loved one may have an addiction to drugs or alcohol can be a difficult thing to admit. There is no shame in having a problem with alcohol or drug abuse. There are thousands of individuals and families that are going through the same thing. It is not about how much money you have or don’t have, what race or gender you are, how old you are or even where you live. Addiction can affect any one at any time in their life. It’s cunning and baffling but it can be treated with the right addiction treatment program and aftercare plan.
What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug addiction?
Physical Alcohol or Drug Addiction Symptoms
- Change in appearance: Sudden gain or loss of weight.
- Poor physical condition: Lack of coordination, stumbling, shaky hands, dizzy, consistent “run down” condition, chronic fatigue and irregular heartbeat.
- Eating: Changes in habits such as loss of appetite or increase in appetite.
- Eyes: Bloodshot or watery consistently dilated pupils.
- Frequent colds: Sore throat, coughing, nausea and vomiting.
- Nose: Chronically inflamed or runny nostrils.
- Speech pattern: Significant changes such as slurred speech, faster or slower speech.
Behavioral Alcohol or Drug Addiction Symptoms
- Mood Swings: Virtually all mood-altering drugs produce a wide range of mood swings from euphoria to depression. A user may be passive and withdrawn one minute and angry or hostile the next.
- Personality Changes: A normally energetic and outgoing person can become chronically depressed and uncommunicative.
- Defensiveness: Blaming or claiming to be persecuted or victimized.
- Overly Emotional: Inappropriately happy, depressed, hostile or angry.
- Overly Self-Centered: Always has to have their own way and will do anything to have it.
- Tendency to Manipulate: Making excuses for failure or finding ways to have other people handle their problems or bear the consequences of their actions or behaviors.
- Strained Communication: Unwillingness or inability to discuss important issues or concerns.
- Withdrawal from Social Activities: Refusing to eat at family meals, participating in celebrations or holidays or making any adjustments to family life.
- Change in Dress and Friends: Sudden deterioration of long friendships/relationships, deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene or spends time with suspicious friends and/or co-workers.
- Lack of Self-Discipline: Inability to follow rules, complete household chores, school assignments, work-related duties, keep appointments or commitments.
- Apathy: Little or no interest in meaningful activities such as clubs, hobbies, sports, or other activities.
- School/Work Problems: Excessive tardiness, absences, drop in grades, drop in job performance, missed deadlines, failure to turn in assignments and take tests or perhaps suspension or expulsion.
- Anxious Behavior: Chronic jittery, jerky or uneven movements, fearfulness, compulsiveness and talkativeness.
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these warning signs or symptoms of addiction and would like more information on what you can do about it, give us a call at 1-800-851-0376 today!