How Do I Know if I Am an Addict?
Are You Suffering From Addiction?
Drug and alcohol abuse can develop into addiction. Many wonder if they are suffering from physical dependence or addiction. Many ask themselves, how do I know if I am an addict?
Have you been unable to control your drinking and using? Are you physically and emotionally dependent upon drugs or alcohol? Are their physical and emotional consequences due to your drinking or using? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms in between using? Do you find it difficult to function normally without the effects produced by drugs or alcohol? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a disease. Addiction occurs when an individual compulsively uses a drug, is unable to stop using the drug despite negative consequences and suffers from cravings. The cravings experienced make leading a normal life challenging and often cause destructive behavior. Addiction manifests as both a physical and psychological need for the drug. The individual often experiences physical dependence, tolerance and feel that they are psychologically unable to cope without the drug. The main difference between physical dependence and addiction is that addiction is a disease that affects the individual both physically and psychologically. Someone who suffers from addiction is often consumed mentally. They are often unable to function normally in day-to-day life without the effects produced by their chosen drug. Taking the drug, obtaining more of the drug and hiding their drug use often consume their thoughts. The emotional and physical toll addiction takes is severe and professional help is recommended.
Signs of Addiction
– Loss of control: when someone continues to drink or use drugs despite their intentions.
– Risky behaviors: those who are suffering from addiction or more likely to put themselves in dangerous situations in order to obtain their desired drug.
– Dishonest and secrecy: addicts will often go to great lengths to hide or disguise their drinking or using.
– Loss of interest: addicts will often spend less time with family and on activities they previously enjoyed. Poor academic and work performance often occurs.
– Change in appearance: addiction is extremely destructive; an addicts outward appearance may reflect unhealthy choices.
– Change in attitude or behavior: addicts often exhibit severe changes in overall attitude and behavior. Their mood often fluctuates.
– Tolerance and withdrawal: over time addicts often require higher doses of a drug or increased number of alcoholic beverages in order to receive the effect they desire. Addicts will often experience withdrawal symptoms when the effects of drugs or alcohol begin to wear off.
– Continued use despite negative consequences: addicts will often continue to use drugs and alcohol despite negative consequences such as legal issues, loss of employment, loss of family support and decrease in overall health.
What Are Withdrawal Symptoms?
Addiction withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur when stopping or reducing the intake of a drug. The characteristics of the withdrawal symptoms vary depending on what drug is being used. Dosage and length of usage are additional factors that may determine the characteristics and severity of the symptoms. A commonly asked question is, do withdrawal symptoms mean you are addicted? Not necessarily. Needing a drug to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms doesn’t mean you are addicted. When trying to determine if you are someone you know is addicted to a particular drug it is important to understand the difference between dependence and addiction.Some examples of possible emotional withdrawal symptoms are: anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, irritability, depression, headaches and lack of concentration. Some examples of possible physical withdrawal symptoms are: sweating increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tension and difficulty breathing. It is important that one seek professional help if they are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Some drugs require a medical detox. Death can occur if someone abruptly stops drinking alcohol or taking benzodiazepines.
Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?
Addiction is a serious disease and with the right help, emotional and physical recovery from addiction is possible. If you or someone you love needs help, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call (877)799-1985 or simply click the link below.