An addiction is defined as a compulsion to have something which is habit-forming and is characterized by increased tolerance. Physiological symptoms that are well-defined are present upon withdrawal. Addiction is a serious condition regardless of what substance the person is addicted to. The addict may be unable to get help or even recognize that there is a problem. Often, family and friends must see the signs of addiction and encourage the person to seek treatment. Since the signs of substance dependence vary, it can be difficult to identify the exact problem.
Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, mainly because it is legal and often readily available. An alcoholic may exhibit the following symptoms:
•Increased consumption of alcohol
•Drinking in dangerous situations, such as while driving or operating equipment
•Using alcohol to relax or deal with stress
•Neglecting responsibilities, such as work or appointments
•Damaging relationships and withdrawal from social interaction
•An unhealthy focus on alcohol
When the person is suffering from withdrawal from alcohol, he or she may start shaking, sweating, have headaches and even experience nausea.
People can become addicted to either prescription or illegal drugs. The most common types of prescription medications that cause dependence include:
•Either high or low blood pressure without previous history
•Drowsiness or agitation
•Depression or irritability
If any of these behaviors are noticed with no obvious explanation, consider drug use as a possible reason.
Substance abuse and addiction have a profound physical and psychological impact on the user. At first, the person may try to hide the use or lie about what he or she is doing. Addicts often rationalize their behaviors and avoid people who question them.
When the substance dependence becomes serious, the addict will skip obligations such as work, school or responsibilities at home. He or she may lose their job or even steal to pay for their drug habit. If this behavior continues, the person may become homeless or even disappear from the lives of family and friends. Other physical and mental problems may arise as a result of the addiction. This complicates the situation and often requires additional treatment to address secondary issues.
It can take an addict a long time to get to the point where he or she is ready to get help. It helps to have supportive family and friends who recognize the signs and encourage the person to make a change. The earlier they do see the problem, the more likely it is that the person will get help before further damage can occur. No matter what has happened in the past, it is never too late to seek treatment and get on the road to recovery.
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