When it comes to signs of drug addiction, they can be hard to spot. The severity of these signs vary person to person, but there is a series of signs applicable to most addictions. The following signs are more for addictions still in an earlier phase of the disease. For the more severe addictions, the signs might have already crossed over to the point that intervention might be necessary. For immediate help for yourself or a loved one, make sure to contact us.
These Are the Signs of Drug Addiction to Notice:
Signs of drug addiction tend to be subtle in nature, but to those who fear an addiction might be present in their life, be on the lookout for the following.
1. Attitude Shift
A very well known sign of nearly any and all addictions is a change in attitude or a change in behavior.
Once an addiction has set itself in the life of whoever it is affecting, part of the fall deeper and deeper into it is from the addiction becoming an authoritarian part of life. What arises many times, is that their attitude or behavior shifts without the addict’s knowledge of it happening.
Addicts will feel the world pushing against them harder, which they then self-medicate by addiction. Many of those addicted say they felt they had to mentally check out from reality due to their own bleak perception of the world.
Once addiction makes the world seem more difficult to traverse, many will then live in the addiction further because of their self-perceived view of the world becoming more intruding.
In reality, the world isn’t changing at all, but the addiction by its very nature creates an excuse of sorts to further engage in more of whatever addiction is plaguing the individual.
2. Losing Interest
Losing passion or a love for any particular hobby or activity can also be a dreadful sign of a long-term addiction. Even when addiction is striking an individual at its most harmless, losing interest in what was once loved is reason to worry.
By far one of the most common signs of drug addiction, losing interest or stopping what one once enjoyed doing, happens when an addiction has set in for too long either unnoticed or untreated.
For the typical addiction to set itself in place, it must take time from another activity. Many times addicts will become addicted to something while doing something else, which multiple times they will then fail to correlate. Failing to connect the dots that someone from the outside looking in can so blindly see.
The time relented to addiction will never cease to consume.
Addiction is replaced by time.
Time is something everyone has and everyone shares. However, addiction tends to take several different forms in the minds of those afflicted, to the point that time is no longer in their control. Giving into addiction is relinquishing one’s control of their own time. Time is no longer defined by the one who has it, but by the addiction which so haunts them.
Losing interest will seem to many of those addicted, as another phase in their life. They will most likely fail to understand the factors slowing playing out in their life. This is how addiction can so quietly and undetected demolish the lives of so many people.
3. Work Problems
Issues and problems arising in the work environment might have a more immediate impact on the addict’s life than that of any other aspect.
When problems due to addiction happen in the work environment, it many times will negatively impact other workers. In many places, teamwork is essential for the completion of jobs, and having a kink in the chain of work can bring everyone around that person down without intending to do so.
There are times where the person suffering from addiction might be despised in their work environment, due to them playing a factor in the overall poor work performance of those who had to work with the addict.
This creates an immediately uncomfortable environment for both the person addicted and those whom they are forced to interact with.
Although the most reported side effects in the work environment tend to be pay deductions and terminations, another highly substantive issue is the future history of that employee.
Employers will many times document such issues on a record of some sort, but with the internet today, that information will reach many more employers than just the one affected in the first place.
Getting an addiction in control early on is vital to maintaining a semblance of a future for yourself or a loved one.
This is not to say that addiction will forever leave a mark on the individual’s future, banning them for future employment. In fact, in a study conducted by the University of Rhode Island, it found that most addicts that recover end up in more successful and promising careers than they had before entering treatment in the first place.
4. Appearance Changes
Probably the most common of all addictions is the change in appearance or a physical change. Due to the nature of addiction, in how it consumes most of the personal time of those afflicted, it will inevitably reach into what the addict considers time worthy and what they do not.
An example of this would be the action of getting dressed.
Many of us get dressed to a style of our liking. While the variations in style vary person to person, it ultimately follows a trend of consistency to a particular concept. With addicts, however, they break down getting dressed to its minimalist outcomes. Just enough clothing to cover themselves up, or enough for what money they deem enough for that task. This becomes obvious with those who when it comes to clothes and dressing up, are typically more extravagant than the average person.
Personal outwards appearance is not the only factor to suffer in lieu of addiction, but physical changes too.
A common change is the loss of body weight with those afflicted with addiction of any kind. Unless the addiction is food (which is one of the most common addictions) typically weight loss is the first symptom reported by both addicts or their loved ones. Weight loss happens simply because the interest of the addict has been diverted.
There is a pleasure many of us take in eating. From the smells of certain foods to the effects of its small subtle flavors, we mostly react positively to that type of stimuli. To someone suffering from addiction, like clothing, it is brought down to a minimalist issue because of the addictions impact on time. Food rarely plays an importance to those addicted, leaving many to actually see food for its most basic purpose: fuel.
5. Relationship Troubles
This can apply to both romantic and familial problems although if one is affected typically the other one is too.
As previously mentioned with the change in attitude, it carries over to those we are most in contact with. The people we react with the most, and the ones we consider probably the most important in our lives, are usually the ones who feel the changing atmosphere more than the person suffering from addiction.
The change brought about by addiction will most certainly impact those we care most about. As said, the more an addiction grows, the more time it will need to consume. Addiction will then be taking from the time we give to those we love. It’s time we set aside to keep them in our lives.
Another common problem often correlated with the decline in relationship communication, is the often unexpected rise in riskier behavior. While it’s not clearly understood why this happens, a prevalent theory supposes that when relationships start to crumble, through the clouded judgment of addiction some individuals act out their frustration.
6. Legal Problems
This seems to be the end marker for most, if not all addiction. Legal problems vary in severity but is the pinnacle to which an addiction can, and often times inevitably lead.
Legal issues can be considered problems with those loved ones who might have to use the power of state force, to either protect the addict or protect themselves from the addict. Even though separation from others is a commonplace addiction problem, this is not always the case.
Addiction can at times drive and further push a rage in certain individuals, that often times a violent outburst is frequently reported after attempted interventions. Although it should be noted that those who react violently to forms of intervention are commonly suffering from addiction for several years.
If married, this crosses over to anywhere from divorce to the legal battle over children and assets. Many times if addiction is not treated, it will one way or another end up in the legal system by virtue of all its effects. Addiction is almost synonymous with legal issues, as it will ultimately lead there by the singular road it creates.
Signs of Drug Addiction Depends on the Person, Too
The many roads addiction can drive someone is endless. It would be an impossibility to get into detail of all signs every single individual might exhibit as they battle through the disease. The signs expressed here are simply the most commonly reported by those afflicted or their loved ones.
Addiction can derail anyone’s life, and seeking help for those hurting or the hurting themselves is extremely important in having a positive outcome. Acknowledging the problem is the first step in treatment. Don’t let addiction grip yourself or someone you love before it’s too late.
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If you think a loved one may be struggling with addiction, but aren’t sure if the signs of drug addiction applies, then call us! Everyone is different, and depending on the substance a person is using, different symptoms will show for different drugs. Call our 24-hour helpline at (855) 619-8070 and one of our agents will gladly walk you through how to spot addiction, holding interventions, and getting your loved one into treatment. Call now.