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Signs of Drug Addiction

a woman struggles with the signs of drug addiction

Signs of drug addiction can be almost unnoticeable at first. In time, however, they become more pronounced. It’s not unusual for the loved ones of an individual to be among the first to experience the signs of addiction. Since they are the closest to an individual, they first notice the changes that are taking place as addiction takes a greater hold. The signs can fall into physical, behavioral, or psychological categories. Behavioral ones are the ones normally noticed first. Often, the psychological category is most noticed by the person using the drugs. The physical effects tend to arise after prolonged use. But they can appear early on when someone is abusing drugs or alcohol.

At Rockland Recovery, our team understands experiencing addiction is a challenge that might require the assistance of therapists and addiction specialists. Therefore, we offer comprehensive drug addiction treatment so that you or your loved one can begin the healing process. Our drug addiction treatment program addresses the underlying causes of addiction and teaches healthy coping mechanisms to keep people on the right track and away from addiction. Learn more about how our Rockland Recovery team can help you or someone you care about begin to heal from drug addiction by filling out our online contact form or calling us directly at 855.732.4842.

Behavioral Signs of Drug Addiction

One of the first warning signs of addiction is secretiveness. Your loved one may spend time away from others and not be willing to explain where they were. They will often deny using drugs or minimize the amount they use. Also, money can disappear. There be no explanation of where it went and no evidence of what was purchased, yet bills are left unpaid, and your loved one may seem to always need more money to cover the necessities.

Other behavioral signs of drug addiction include:

  • Often, you will find they have a new group of friends, or they suddenly stop introducing you to the people they are hanging out with.
  • There may be sudden and frequent mood swings and more talk centering around drug use.
  • Drug addiction often causes a loss of interest in activities or hobbies that the person previously enjoyed.
  • Work, school, or family responsibilities are neglected in favor of drug use.
  • There might be feelings of paranoia, fear, or obsessive thoughts.
  • For many people, drug addiction causes a lack of motivation had feelings of apathy.

It’s crucial to take note of these changes in behavior, as they may be early signs of drug addiction. However, before accusing an individual of substance abuse, talk to them about it. Then, reach out to professionals, such as our team at Rockland Recovery. In this way, you’ll better be able to offer substance abuse treatment options.

Psychological Signs of Drug Addiction

The psychological signs of drug addiction are normally felt by the person using the drugs. You may have tried to quit using and found yourself returning again and again. When the drugs aren’t available, you get edgy. Part of you starts to panic if you must face a situation that doesn’t allow you to take the drugs. For example, social events may seem unbearable if you aren’t high. Often, the thought of having to possibly face detox symptoms has you scared, and you may deny how much you depend upon the drugs, so you don’t have to face this fear. Detox can be daunting. However, with the right medical supervision, an individual can get through detox successfully and begin more involved treatment targeting their underlying mental health issues.

Physical Signs of Drug Addiction

The physical signs of drug addiction can vary, depending on the drug that is being used. For instance, the signs of heroin use will be quite different than signs of abusing cocaine. A person may suddenly be sleeping all the time or seem to never sleep. They may be losing weight rapidly as drugs replace eating. Others may notice tremors if the individual can’t get out to get the drugs. Also, other signs of withdrawal like upset stomach or agitation may be present when the drug isn’t available. The individual may show irritation around the nose or be constantly sniffing. Physical discomfort is one of the main signs of drug addiction in adults.

Let Our Rockland Recovery Team Help You Recognize the Signs of Drug Addiction

If you or a loved one is recognizable in even part of the above description of signs of drug addiction, call Rockland Recovery at 855.732.4842 or fill out our online form. At Rockland Recovery, we understand how devastating drug addiction can be to both our clients and those who love them. Your life doesn’t have to stay the way it is now. You have dared to reach out and admit you need help. Let us guide you toward the path of recovery. A brighter tomorrow, one free of drug addiction, is on the horizon. We look forward to helping you get there.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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