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Indicators

Drug Addiction Clues And Indicators

An indicator is something the patient feels and explains while a clue is something that others like doctor or friends see in the patient. Example is the case of dilated pupils being a sign while constant sleepiness is a symptom.

Drug Addiction - an addicted person cannot resist or restrict himself to the intake of the substance be it drug, alcohol, cigarette. They keep taking it, despite the fact that it might bring about mischief (the individual could conceivably know about the potential damage).


Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. It will be extremely difficult for the addict to stop using the substance without external assistance, even when they want to.


The clues and indicators that someone is addicted differ from one person to the other, depend on the drug, the genes of the individual and status in life.

Some of the symptoms and signs of drug dependence can include:

  • It becomes difficult for the person to desist from using the substance - like drug, alcohol or nicotine, even when the person has attempted to stop at least on one occasion.
  • Withdrawal symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. There are urges, spells of moodiness, fits of rage, poor concentration, a feeling of being sad and empty, anger, resentment and frustration.
  • The person may also develop a voracious appetite. Sleeplessness is a typical symptom of withdrawal. In certain instances, the person may be constipated or suffer from diarrhoea. Depending on the substance, withdrawal might also cause violence, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, and sweating.
  • Even with the knowledge that health problems exist, addiction continues - The person keeps taking the substance on a regular basis, even though negative health problems are becoming apparent. Example is a smoker not giving up smoking even when they have been diagnosed of a related heart or lung disease.
  • Recreational and/or social sacrifices - certain activities are relinquished because of a dependency to some substance. A drunkard might choose not to go camping or boat ride if there will not be alcohol or a smoker might choose not to join his friends if they are meeting in a no-smoke pub or hotel.
  • Maintaining a good supply - even when there is no money, addicts will always ensure that they have enough quantity of the substance they are addicted to. They will cut on house spending to buy the drugs.
  • Taking risks (1) - in certain instances the addicted person might undertake risks to ensure he/she can get his/her substance, like stealing or exchanging sex for drugs/cash.
  • Taking risks (2) - driving at a higher speed is one of the risks the addict may easily take when they have taken the substance.
  • Managing issues - a dependent individual usually feels they require their drug to manage their issues.
  • Obsession - someone who is addicted will continue to focus more and more time and energy on getting access to their substance.
  • Secrecy and solitude - the addict may resort to enjoying these substances in solitude in most cases.
  • Denial - majority of the present day addicts do not accept that they have a problem. These addicts do not know (or deny to admit) that they in fact have an issue.
  • Overindulgence - With some substances like alcohol, some types of drugs and cigarettes, the addict may take too much at a go. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
  • Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. This might even be the situation with a smoker who finds he/she can't physically deal with participating in his/her best-loved sport.
  • Stashing the substance - an addict might hide small stocks of the substance in unlikely places, like around the house or in the car.
  • Taking an initial large dose - alcohol abuse normally has this symptom. An alcoholic might drink quickly to get drunk faster and feel good.
  • Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). The fact that this alters their judgment and makes them to choose things they would rather not choose in times of sobriety or the urge to access such substances may be the cause of this.
  • Financial difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. For instance, in most of the western world a packet of twenty cigarettes costs more than '11, if an addict smokes two packs a day, they will need '660 monthly and about '8,000 annually.
  • Strained relationships - such are seen more in cases where drugs or alcohol are the substance in use.

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Certain alcohol or substance abusers who aren't technically addicted might also be affected by or cause a few of the above-mentioned descriptions, though these abusers don't generally experience the withdrawal symptoms of addicts or the exact same obsession to use the substance.