20 Most Common Signs of Addiction
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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:
- Compulsive drug-seeking
- An inability to stop using
- Loss of moral character
- Loss of inhibitions
- Lack of personal care
- Lack of motivation
- Need for a continual supply
- Inability to keep a job
- Shirks responsibilities
- Puts others at risk
- Engage in risky behavior
- Cares about nothing but the drug
- Ruined familial relations
- No longer participates in once loved pastimes
- Poor health
- Poor nutrition
- Loss of property
- 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.