5 Signs of Addiction
Have you tried drugs in the past?
Are there aspects of your personality that make you think you could become an addict?
Have you had hangovers due to alcohol after partying through the night?
Have you caught yourself abusing a drug or behaviour?
This doesn’t necessarily make you an addict.
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What Are the Signs That Addiction Might Be Present?
Although there can be very significant warning signs and symptoms, one single factor alone will not cause or indicate addiction. it is the combination of a number of elements that will result in an illness and suggest the need for help and often treatment.
What Happens When It Happens?
Before a person is face to face with the problem and becomes dependent, it is likely she or he will have used and then abused substances or behaviours. This also means that unhealthy elements had been incubating for some time prior to the emergence of the illness. Addiction doesn’t happen over night.
Bear in mind that drugs will have different potentials to create dependency, provoke various sorts of health problems and their mental effects will vary as well. Their impact on the person will be determined by individual characteristics and contexts.
Also, if a toxic substance is poured into any organism repeatedly for a certain period of time, the damage will be inevitable whether the enabling preconditions for addiction existed or not. The opposite is also true; without the substance available or ingested, the illness will more difficultly flourish even in fertile grounds.
5 Signs Suggesting the Presence of Addiction
- Progressively higher tolerance to a substance or behaviour, that is, needing higher amounts for an equal original effect.
- Impact on daily functionality by the use of a substance or behaviour, as well as the rituals around it; these consequences can be seen in relationships, family, professional life, finances, daily activities, etc.
- Damage in physical health and mental capacities and functioning. Despite this path of destruction, the addict will continue to behave addictively.
- Mental and physical effects when unable to use the substance or practice the behaviour.
- And the unmistakably present incapacity to control and/or stop the use or behaviour.
If this structure is now in place, it means that more than one thing already went wrong – there is no need to wait until then to get out of this cycle, whatever caused it. Get help if you think or feel something is off. It doesn’t matter if you are not addicted… yet. Know that when untreated, this illness is predictable and fatal.