Anyone with these symptoms should seek treatment right away.
A person may undergo more intense urges or cravings for the drug of choice or alcohol as the addiction progresses.
2. Physical dependence
A physical reliance or dependency on drugs develops as a person becomes accustomed to the constant presence and influence of the substance. The physiological changes that go along with this process may cause the individual to feel poorly or to function inadequately when the drug leaves the system.
Persistent use of a substance builds up a tolerance that will mean the individual will need for more of the drug or alcohol to achieve the desired effects.
4. Withdrawal symptoms
Some individuals experience symptoms of withdrawal with an abrupt end to using or when attempting to wean off the substance over a period of time. This is a strong indication of physiological dependency is developing.
5. Poor judgement
An individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol is often likely to do anything to obtain the substance, including such risky behaviors such as stealing, lying, engaging in selling drugs or unsafe sexual activity or other crimes that could lead to an arrest or jail
A person who abuses drugs regularly will exhibit drug seeking behavior and will routinely attempt to obtain prescription medications, such as opioids or tranquilizers, from medical facilities, such as emergency rooms and doctors’ offices.
7. Financial problems
A person may spend large amounts of money, drain bank accounts, and destroy a budget in order to get the drug. This is a major red flag and should not be ignored.
8. Neglecting obligations
A classic sign of addiction is when an individual opts to using or getting the drug in preference to meeting work or personal responsibilities.
9. Fostering unhealthy alliances
A person with a drug or alcohol dependency often seeks out those with similar habits. These new groups may also encourage other unhealthy habits.
An addict will usually withdraw and isolate from others, hiding drug use from friends and family. The behavior may occur because of the perceived stigma of a substance addiction or increased depression, anxiety or paranoia resulting from substance abuse.