Signs That You or Someone You Love is Addicted to Drugs or Alcohol

Addiction is a powerful disease with symptoms that derail your body, emotions and behaviors. Whether you or someone you love are coming apart at the seams or struggling to keep up your façade as a high-functioning addict, the warning signs of addiction rarely lie.

Substance misuse impacts men and women in unique ways, and not all individuals have every symptom associated with chemical dependency. However, if you find yourself identifying all-too-closely with several of these addiction signs, it’s time to take the next Simple step toward help for yourself or your family member.

Physical, Behavioral & Psychological Signs of Addiction

  • High tolerance for alcohol or drugs
  • Brief abstinence to “prove” chemicals are not an issue
  • Hiding substances
  • Drinking & using in secret
  • Memory loss or brain fog
  • Making excuses to hide substance abuse
  • Low tolerance for frustration
  • Easily aggravated or argumentative
  • Withdrawing or withholding information from others
  • Poor eating patterns
  • Poor sleeping patterns
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Changes in job, relationships or living situation related to substance use
  • Binging for lengthy periods
  • Poor personal hygiene & lack of care about physical appearance
  • Isolating oneself from others
  • Feelings of guilt & anxiety
  • Denial of drug or alcohol use

This list is far from conclusive, since addiction impacts individuals in unique ways. In general, substance dependence occurs when you or a loved one continues using drugs or drinking despite the harm it is causing.

Don’t wait to hit rock bottom before you get help! When you become aware that chemical dependency is defining your life, the next step is Simple.

Take the Next Simple Step Now

At Simple Recovery, we are your advocates, friends and trusted advisors. If you won’t quit, we won’t quit on you. Our California-licensed residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program is accredited by the Joint Commission set in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA near Surf City beaches, water sport activities and boardwalk tourist destinations. Consider it your home away from home until you are ready to re-engage with your life and build upon a strong sobriety foundation.

To reach our clinically trained staff, call 888-207-0965. We accept most insurance, and will help you navigate the authorization process and explore financial aid options as needed. Experience Simple Recovery, where we are simply dedicated to sobriety and entirely committed to you.