What are the Warning Signs of Addiction?

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Addiction should be obvious. Changes in a loved one should be so drastic they are noticeable. If someone we loved were using drugs and alcohol, we’d know. Under our roof, they’d never get away with it. Our parenting is too good, our love is too strong, our encouragement to stay away with drugs and alcohol, our open policy for talking about experimentation, our unconditional supportive environment, just wouldn’t create addiction in our loved one. Unfortunately, that isn’t how addiction works. Addiction can manifest out of any environment. A genetic predisposition could be the unraveling of an otherwise healthy and functional life. No genetic predisposition but an abusive or traumatic life could cause addiction. Mental health disorders, either diagnosed and treated or undiagnosed and untreated could be a contributing factor. Addiction happens. Most often, addiction is happening far before we notice that something doesn’t seem right.


Warning Signs Of Addiction

The more obvious warning signs of addiction will be physical and behavioral. Psychological changes take place when addiction is forming as well, however, those signs can be more difficult to target.


Physical Signs Of Addiction:

Substance abuse creates drastic changes in physical appearance that can go from one extreme to the other, depending on the drug being abused and the way it is being abused. For example, it is common for people who are regularly abusing cocaine to lose a large amount of weight due to the stimulant nature of the drug. Late into addiction to cocaine, the reverse effect can take place, causing bloating and weight gain. Any drastic change in personal appearance could be a sign of drug addiction. Significant and rapid weight loss, changes in hygiene, changes in clothing choice, sunken eyes, changes in skin color or elasticity, changes in skin health, changes in dental health- any physical changes which stray from the norm could indicate a substance addiction.

Behavioral Signs Of Addiction:

Everyone goes through “phases” in life where they experience struggles with their personality. Behavioral change is a sign of evolution, growth, and development, which are all positive things. Typically, that is because of positive behavioral change. Behavioral signs of addiction can be positive. If someone is abusing stimulant drugs, for example, there may be an increase in their productivity, energy, enthusiasm, and participation. On the other side of addiction, there will always be negative behavioral changes. Common signs include: loss of interest in passions and hobbies, mood changes, personality changes, irritability, demand for privacy, staying out late, changes in social scene, lying, manipulating, hiding, evading confrontational conversations, and much more.


Trust your intuition. If you believe that a loved one is struggling with addiction, there is a simple answer. Simple Recovery offers a continuum of addiction treatment programs, teaching clients the life skills they need to live sober. Start your recovery today by calling us for more information: 888-743-0490