How to Know When Addiction Has Struck
In many instances, dangerous drug addictions start as innocent habits. An occasional drink or drugs may be used to destress, but the addictive nature of these substances traps people in dependency. Sometimes, it can be difficult knowing when a fun habit has turned into an addiction. Below are some signs that you or someone you know may be addicted to a particular substance:
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after stopping use of the drug.
- Reducing or getting rid of normal daily activities to use drugs.
- Frequently using the substance in dangerous circumstances.
- Continuing to consume the drug even while noticing negative health consequences.
- Craving the drug when not actively using.
- A decrease in work or school performance.
- Spending increasing amounts of time using the drug or taking larger doses over time
While these are common symptoms of drug addiction, they are not the only possible ones. An addiction to meth will have very different symptoms than an addiction to opioid painkillers will. Every drug affects users differently, so it’s important to understand the specific side effects of whatever substances you or a loved one may be addicted to. For example, alcohol addiction sometimes leads to skin conditions such as psoriasis or redness of the skin. On the other hand, meth use can lead to damaging blood vessels in the skin and premature wrinkling over a long time.