Sometimes it isn’t always easy to see the signs of addiction if you are the person inside of it. Our judgments and assessments can become impaired as we sink further into the rabbit hole of substance abuse.
If you find yourself struggling to identify whether you are yourself an addict, here are some telltale signs to look out for.
Withdrawal occurs when your body is accustomed to having a persistent incoming amount of what you are addicted to and it suddenly finds itself without.
A variety of symptoms can occur when you find yourself going through withdrawal. In less serious cases it can involve a headache or mild mood swings, to more serious occurrences where hospitalization is required.
If you find yourself having symptoms when you go without whatever your vice is, you may very well be addicted and require treatment.
Depression is a common side effect of addiction and should be taken very seriously. Depression symptoms include severe mood dips, becoming socially withdrawn, and not finding happiness in things that once made you happy.
One major indicator is your days and nights become reversed. As you find yourself feeling antisocial and withdrawn at night, you become more awake and unable to sleep in the nighttime.
When this happens you should consider medication or therapy as depression can be a hard cycle to battle alone.
When what once was a casual activity between friends becomes something that you start doing secretly alone, this can be one of the biggest red flags of addictive behavior.
The difference between doing something for the pleasure and social activity of it versus not being able to function without it is a fine line.
If you find yourself telling lies and feeling guilty about friends and family knowing the full extent of your substance use, you may want to start by joining a support group which can help you meet people going through the same experience. Sometimes knowing you’re not alone can be the first step towards recovery.
One of the easiest ways to tell if someone has been abusing substances is by looking at the state of their appearance. If they appear rugged, tired, and less than healthy since the last time you saw them, this could be a sign of substance abuse.
People who are using too many substances generally have sunken cheeks, irritated skin, rapid speech, and often strange behavior. Their hands may tremble, or they may sweat profusely.
If you look in the mirror and are honest with yourself, you may find that you look different than not so long ago. It may be time to give your sobriety some serious thought.
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