Symptoms of Different Modern Day Addictions » Symptoms of Drug Addiction | Symptoms of Different Modern Day Addictions http://crvpr.org Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:09:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Symptoms Of Drug Addiction /symptoms-of-drug-addiction/ /symptoms-of-drug-addiction/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 http://6024477 Drug addiction is a serious problem in America. While the majority of drug addicts are adults, a growing number of teens are also abusing drugs. The National Institute for Drug Abuse says that 22.5 million people over the age of 12 in the United States used illicit drugs in 2011. That is almost nine percent of the population. Since it is such a widespread problem that affects so many people, it is important for everyone to know how to identify the symptoms of drug addiction.

The individual is neglecting personal responsibilities. For adults, this could be work, social commitments or even family commitments. Employers may often identify addiction problems when a person takes time off frequently, is late to work consistently or seems withdrawn from daily tasks. With teens, parents and friends often notice the individual has been showing decreased efforts at school, is absent from school frequently or has quit completely.

Personal relationships begin to suffer. Many family members, friends or romantic partners of people who develop drug addictions have noted behavioral changes. These can range from dramatic mood swings to constant depression or anger. A person abusing drugs is usually on edge and will start fights over meaningless issues.

The individual is taking more risks. Risks can be everything from leaving a child unattended at home or driving at high speeds on dangerous roads. Some drug users may feel invincible or simply stop caring about safety and respect for others.

Legal trouble may stem from some of the individual’s decisions. High-risk behavior such as driving while intoxicated, starting fights with strangers or even resisting arrest can land drug abusers in jail. Many drug addicts also get caught stealing items they can sell to support their habits.

Depending on the type of drugs they use, some people may also look pale, develop dark circles under their eyes or have sores on their skin.

It is important for individuals to know when they have an addiction problem. The following are individual signs of a drug addiction:

-It seems impossible to quit despite knowing drug use is harmful.
-Life revolves around getting high.
-A higher drug tolerance has been built up.
-The feeling of personal control no longer exists.
-Drugs are taken to prevent or alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
-Commitments and activities no longer seem important.

Addictions start with social use, which eventually grows into everyday use. Before a person knows what is happening, an addiction forms. When individuals notice symptoms of drug abuse in themselves or others, it is important to talk to an addiction counselor or call a treatment center. Reaching out for help is the first and most difficult step.

Sources:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/drug_substance_abuse_addiction_signs_effects_treatment.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-addiction/DS00183/DSECTION=symptoms

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