When you always have the psychological and physical need to use a substance while neglecting its dangerous or long term harmful effects, you are suffering from drug addiction.

Drug addiction comes off initially as a vice and ends up turning its victim into a dependant.

In this informative post, we are going to take you through common signs of drug addiction and how to identify them.


Common Symptoms and Signs of Drug Addiction

Here are some of the most common signs of drug addiction. If you or your loved one exhibits these signs, then you need to seek help immediately.

  • Cravings

Do you always feel this strong urge for a drug or alcohol?  Do you still want to experience ‘the good feeling” after using a substance? Here is the first sign of addiction. The urge intensifies as the addiction develops.

  • Drug Dependence

Dependence comes in play when you always want to have a substance and can no longer coordinate yourself physically without taking such a substance. Physical dependence builds gradually to a point where you start feeling bad, depressed or lose coordination totally when the substance is not in your system.

  • Tolerance

The prolonged use of a substance gradually leads to increased tolerance. Your body will have to need more and more of the substance to get you into “the good feeling”.

  • Poor Sense of Judgment

Drugs addicts are easily picked out from their poor sense of judgment. They want more drugs to satisfy their cravings and could take up bad behaviors like lying, pilfering, selling pills and other crimes that could land them in prison or even get them killed.


Withdrawal Symptoms

When you suffer withdrawal symptoms after attempting to stop the use of a substance than you where addicted to such substance.

Withdrawal symptoms like nausea, headaches, prolong fever and abnormal body temperatures are signs of physiologic dependence on a substance.


Huge Debts

Drug addicts are prone to financial mismanagements. They can lose their jobs, spend all their money on drugs and run into huge debts or even go bankrupt.


Ignore Responsibilities

Drug addicts are likely to go in search of their favorite substance rather than work meetings or other personal duties. When you begin to put your love for a substance above all responsibility, you are gradually becoming an addict.


Make Friends with Addicts

It’s natural for an addict to spend time with people who are also addicted to the same or similar substance. Addicts’ hangout with fellow addicts for encouragement and easy access to drugs and substances, they are inclined to spend more time with like minds and engage in other fruitless ventures.


Withdraw From Family and Friends

The final and most visible sign of drug addiction is the gradual withdrawal from family and friends. Drug addicts know that their friends and family will definitely condemn their newly found lifestyle, so would do anything to hide it from them.


Drug addiction vs. Drug Abuse

The common misconception about drug addiction and abuse has led to the false belief that both mean the same thing.

Drug abuse occurs when you ingest a substance in a quantity that is not healthy for your body or an amount larger than what your system should typically process.

A clear example of drug abuse is using a medication prescribed by a health professional in a manner that disregards the prescription like taking more of the pill or breaking it up and snorting instead of oral ingestion.

Another example of drug abuse is the excessive use of alcohol.

You abuse alcohol when you drink too much than your body can process.

Drug abuse is considered the first stage that leads to drug addiction.

The consistent abuse of drugs or alcohol is drug addiction.

Drug addiction happens when an individual can no longer function adequately without the use of this substance.

When such an individual needs to periodically take these substance(s) on very high doses, he/she has grown to be dependent on the substance(s).


Bottom Line

To free yourself from drug addiction, it’s important you understand how it works and the signs that show you are neck-deep into addiction.

Hopefully, the information above will help put you in the right direction toward overcoming your addiction.