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Signs of addiction

Signs of addiction

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Signs of addiction

Recognising the signs of addiction is crucial for identifying and addressing the issue. Here are some common signs that may indicate the presence of addiction:

  1. Compulsive Substance Use: Individuals may have an intense and uncontrollable urge to use a substance, often leading to excessive or prolonged use beyond what is intended.

  2. Loss of Control: They may find it difficult to limit or stop their substance use, even when they have a desire to do so. Attempts to cut down or quit may result in unsuccessful or short-lived efforts.

  3. Tolerance: Over time, individuals may develop a tolerance to the substance, requiring larger amounts or more frequent use to achieve the desired effect.

  4. Withdrawal Symptoms: When the substance is reduced or discontinued, individuals may experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, sweating, nausea, or shaking.

  5. Neglecting Responsibilities: Addiction often leads to a decline in performance and neglect of important responsibilities at work, school, or home. Individuals may prioritise substance use over their obligations and may struggle to meet their commitments.

  6. Continued Use Despite Consequences: Despite experiencing negative consequences due to substance use, such as health problems, relationship issues, financial difficulties, or legal troubles, individuals persist in using the substance.

  7. Preoccupation with Substance Use: Individuals may spend a significant amount of time thinking about the substance, planning its use, and obtaining it. This preoccupation can interfere with daily activities and social interactions.

  8. Changes in Behaviour and Mood: Addiction can cause noticeable changes in behaviour, mood swings, irritability, agitation, secretive behaviour, and a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.

  9. Social Withdrawal and Isolation: Individuals may start to isolate themselves from friends, family, and social activities that do not involve substance use. They may prioritise spending time alone or with others who also use substances.

  10. Financial Difficulties: Addiction can lead to financial strain as individuals prioritise obtaining the substance over meeting their financial obligations. They may experience difficulties paying bills, borrowing money, or engaging in impulsive and risky financial behaviours.

  11. Health Problems: Prolonged substance abuse can result in various physical and mental health issues, including deteriorating physical appearance, weight loss or gain, sleep disturbances, cognitive impairments, and increased vulnerability to illnesses.

It’s important to note that the presence of these signs does not guarantee the presence of addiction, as individual experiences can vary. However, if you or someone you know is exhibiting several of these signs and it is affecting their daily life, relationships, and well-being, it may indicate a need for professional help and support.

If you suspect addiction, it is advisable to consult with healthcare professionals, addiction specialists, or treatment centres for a comprehensive evaluation and guidance on appropriate interventions and treatment options.

Signs of addiction. Through my own experience I can safety say denial is a massive part of addiction. In my case it was alcohol. 

Living with addiction is difficult, and here I have listed some of the signs you can experience while addicted to drugs or alcohol. 

1/ your health deteriorates 

2/ your anxiety increases

3/ depression increases

4/ your finances seem to suffer

5/ as your addiction gets worse you start getting the shakes

6/ memory loss and blackouts are also common place

7/ finding it hard to function without substance abuse

8/ not being able to kick your habit

9/ substance abuse becomes out of your control

10/ craving start when not drinking

11/ kidding yourself there is no problem

12/ not telling the truth about your habits 

I found that come lunchtime, I had drunk to much to drive and do a days work. This effected my finances and my marriage. The silly thing was, it is so easy to get through addiction, whether with a home detox, or residential rehab. If you are suffering with addiction, or you know someone who is. Call me now on 07811 606 606. My name is Mark and I have been through this.


With addiction you do feel isolated, alone. But you are not. There are plenty of avenues you can go down to get off your addiction. I know it seems frightening, but it is not. That is just your head telling you that. That is denial. 

At the end of the day what do you have to lose. Look at the advantages of addiction. There are none. Look at the advantages of breaking your addiction. There are lots. I don’t need to spell out the advantages, as you know what they are. 


Draw a line under today. You cannot change your past, but you can really change your future. Forget about the past for a bit. Call me now and let’s get you well. It really is that simple. Mark: 07811 606 606

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