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How Do I Recognize Drug Addiction?
People struggling with drug addiction exhibit a host of symptoms, but before you can recognize them, you often must overcome one major obstacle: denial. Drug addiction is a brain disease that changes the chemical pathways of the brain, leading the addict to crave more of the drug and go to dangerous lengths to get their next high. Denial allows them to conceal their symptoms and continue hurting themselves and others to maintain their habit.
In many cases, drug addiction begins with experimentation or social use. For some, tolerance develops and the individual needs more of the drug just to feel normal again. Stopping drug use may bring on intense drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, depression, anxiety, sweating and shaking.
Although each type of drug has different effects, some of the most common signs of drug addiction include:
Physical symptoms such as deterioration of physical appearance, impaired coordination, and changes in diet or sleep patterns
Failed attempts to quit using drugs
Needing larger doses of the drug to feel good again
Getting into trouble at school or work
Feeling powerless to control the amount or frequency of drug use
Sudden mood swings or change in friends or hobbies
Spending more time and energy on obtaining and using drugs
Abandoning activities you used to enjoy because of your drug use
Using drugs under dangerous conditions, such as while driving
Continuing to abuse drugs in spite of negative consequences to your health, finances, career and relationships
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If you recognize the signs of drug addiction in yourself or someone you care about, get help right away. Addiction rarely gets better without drug addiction treatment, and worsens over time.
Drug addiction is a progressive and deadly disease.