The signs and symptoms of addiction can let you know if a person is suffering from substance dependence. Looking out for these when you think a loved one may be using drugs will help you confront them and get them to go for drug rehab.
When a person is addicted to a drug or alcohol, they normally feel as if they cannot function without it and will do all they can to get the substance into their bodies. They will continue to take the substance despite the negative effects it has on their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their families. Even if the person is diagnosed with a serious disease that has been caused as a result of the substance abuse, they will continue to use it because the dependence on it is very strong.
Quitting or giving up the substance they are addicted to will also be very difficult, even if they want to stop using. Attempts would have been made to stop taking the drug, but the withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, vomiting and sweating would have been so severe that the person will choose to continue taking the substance. This is why most addicts seek out the assistance of a drug rehab centre and go for their detox there.
They will need professional treatment in order to successfully stop substance abuse.
Giving up on hobbies that the person used to enjoy is another serious sign of dependence. If the activity will mean they are away from the drugs or they will not be able to use them, then they may stop participating. Also, making financial sacrifices in order to have the money to buy the drugs or alcohol is another sign of dependence. Some people may become so desperate that they will neglect paying bills and choose to use the money to feed their addiction.
Risky behavior is also another sign of substance dependence.
Engaging in frequent unprotected sex with strangers, driving too fast or even criminal behavior such as vandalism are some of the things people will do under the influence of drug. Also, they may engage in some of these activities in order to feed their addiction by trading sex for drugs or stealing in order to raise money for drugs.