While the signs are noticed by the doctor and people around the addict, the symptoms are known to the addict alone. Example is the case of dilated pupils being a sign while constant sleepiness is a symptom.
Drug Addiction - an addicted person cannot resist or restrict himself to the intake of the substance be it drug, alcohol, cigarette. He/she continues to use it, despite the fact that it may be harmful (the person may or may not be aware of the possible risk).
Substance reliance can bring about effective yearnings. It's possible that the addict wants to stop taking the substance but finds it really hard to do so on his or her own.
The symptoms and signs of drug addiction differ according to the person, the drug they are dependent to, their genetics (family history) and personal situations.
Some of the symptoms and signs of drug dependence can include:
The individual uses the substance and does not have the power to stop - in several instances, like alcohol, nicotine or drug addiction, he/she at least once really tried to quit, but was unsuccessful.
Reactions when trying to stop taking the drug, when the body has less of the substance than it is used to, it reacts, and the person can have physical pains and altered moods. Cases of resentment, bitterness, anger, frustration, depression, decreased focus, bad temper, emptiness, moodiness and cravings arise.
The person may also develop a voracious appetite. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. In certain instances, the person may be constipated or suffer from diarrhoea. With a few substances, withdrawal can trigger viciousness, trembling, seizures, fantasies and sweats.
Addiction proceeds in spite of medical issue awareness - the individual keeps taking the substance frequently, despite the fact that they have created diseases associated to it. Example is a smoker not giving up smoking even when they have been diagnosed of a related heart or lung disease.
Recreational and/or social sacrifices - certain activities are relinquished because of a dependency to some substance. To give an example, an alcoholic might decline an invitation to spend a day on a boat or to go camping when no alcohol is at hand, a smoker might choose not to meet with friends in a pub/restaurant that prohibits smoking.
Keeping stock - Addicts always stock up on drugs to make sure they have a decent supply even if it costs more than they can afford. Sacrifices might be made in other parts of their budget so they can make sure they always have their substance of choice.
Risky behaviours (1) - users will take unnecessary risks to make sure they can get the substance, like stealing or trading sex for money or drugs.
Taking risks (2) - whilst under the influence of certain drugs, addicts might participate in high-risk activities, like driving at high speeds.
Dealing with problems - they always have the belief that they cannot handle their issues without drugs.
Obsession - a dependent individual may invest increasingly time and energy concentrating on methods for getting hold of their substance and sometimes how to utilise it.
Introversion and isolation - The addict may become secretive and want to isolate themselves from people.
Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
Excess consumption - in addictions involving alcohol and some substance, the addict uses in excess. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
Losing interest in hobbies and activities - as the addiction gets worse and worse, the addict might stop doing things that e or she used to love. This may even be the situation with smokers who discover they can't physically adapt to participating in their most loved game.
Having stashes - hiding some portions of the abused substance in the car or some place in the house may become the case for some persons.
Consuming a dose that is initially larger - this is typical with alcoholism. The person my down drinks in an attempt to become intoxicated and then feel great.
Clashing with the law - this is more typical of certain alcohol and drug dependencies (e.g. not nicotine). This might be either on the grounds that the substance disables judgment and the individual goes for broke they would not take in the event that they were calm or with a specific end goal to get hold of the substance they overstep the law.
Financial difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. In the case of cigarettes, it will cost a 40-a-day smoker up to '660 per month and about '8,000 per year in the UK and other parts of Europe and the UK where a packet of twenty sticks is sold at about '11.
Relationship problems - alcohol and drug addicts often than not experience problems in their relationships.
Some substance/liquor abusers who are not actually dependent may likewise experience the ill effects of or cause a portion of the portrayals specified above, yet they don't more often than not have the withdrawal manifestations of someone who is addicted or a similar impulse to devour the substance.