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Below are lists of common signs of addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, get help now.


PHYSICAL SIGNS OF ADDICTION

  • Over or under-active (depending on the substance)
  • Repetitive speech patterns
  • Dilated pupils, red eyes
  • Excessive sniffing and runny nose (not attributable to a cold)
  • Looking pale or undernourished
  • Clothes do not fit the same
  • Weight loss
  • Change in eating habit
  • Unusual odors or body odor due to lack of personal hygiene



BEHAVIORAL SIGNS OF ADDICTION

  • Missing work/school
  • Work/school problems
  • Missing important engagements
  • Isolating/secretive about activities
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Legal problems
  • Relationship/marital problems
  • Financial problems
  • Conversations dominated by using or drug/alcohol related topics



EMOTIONAL SIGNS OF ADDICTION

  • Irritability/Argumentative
  • Defensiveness
  • Inability to deal with stress
  • Loss of interest in activities/people that used to be part of their lives
  • Confused easily
  • Denial
  • Rationalizing – Offering alibis, excuses, justifications, or other explanations for their using behavior
  • Minimizing – Admitting superficially to the problem but not admitting to the seriousness or full scope of the behavior or consequences
  • Blaming – Placing the blame for the behavior on someone else or some event
  • Diversion – Changing the subject to avoid discussing the topic




THE THREE Cs OF ADDICTION

  • Loss of control over the amount and frequency of use
  • Craving and compulsive using
  • Continued use in the face of adverse consequences




Source: MARR Addiction Treatment Center

Signs of Addiction