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20 Most Common Signs of Addiction

Addiction is an ugly disease that can and will ruin your life if it is left unchecked. Most chronic addicts will find themselves attempting to get “clean” several times over the course of their addiction, only to be let down by their lack of staying power and inability to keep their eyes on the prize.

In the United States of America, addiction to narcotics and prescription drugs continues to cripple society. While the face of addiction is seen daily, the understanding of just what addiction is and how it works, as well as how to treat it is recognized on a much smaller scale.

There are several stigmas surrounding the ignorance of those who only think they know what substance addiction is. Many are still under the misinformation that only the poor, weak, or underprivileged will suffer from substance abuse and addiction. Sadly, due to these ignorances and because of the shame associated with abuse and addiction, many who are in desperate need of help will not seek it or receive it.

Recognition of what addiction looks like and actually admitting that there is a real problem is a huge step in getting the help needed to overcome the addiction. Some of the signs of addictions that seem to be prevalent in addicts across the board are:

signs of addiction

Some signs of addiction include a lack of motivation and insomnia.

  1. Compulsive drug-seeking
  2. An inability to stop using
  3. Loss of moral character
  4. Loss of inhibitions
  5. Lack of personal care
  6. Lack of motivation
  7. Need for a continual supply
  8. Inability to keep a job
  9. Shirks responsibilities
  10. Puts others at risk
  11. Engage in risky behavior
  12. Cares about nothing but the drug
  13. Isolation
  14. Ruined familial relations
  15. No longer participates in once loved pastimes
  16. Insomnia
  17. Poor health
  18. Poor nutrition
  19. Loss of property
  20. Trouble with the law

These symptoms are evident in addicts of all kinds and all walks. Addiction will take over your ability to make your own decisions. It will own you if you let it. It does not care about your family, your friends, your job, or you. Addiction will only get worse until you make the decision to stop, and then follow up with actions that will start that process of recovery.

If you or a loved one are displaying some of these signs and/or if an addiction is suspected, it is highly recommended that you seek help immediately, before it’s too late. There are many different types of help to be found and successfully beating an addiction always starts with recognizing the problem and reaching out for help.