Having an addiction is something that will eat away at everything in your life. You will no longer be able to do things that were once easy to you, and you will probably begin to only concern yourself with people that are addicted just like you or who have no concern for your success as a person. The addiction will slowly, but surely destroy every aspect of who you are as a person. You will lose your drive to succeed, and people that were once close to you will leave from your life because of the upset they experience from your frequent drug usage. Are you addicted? Below are some signs to watch for that will help you determine where you stand regarding your drug use.
Without treatment, you will spiral out of control. You will lose everything that is good to you, and you will only talk to your loved ones if you are in need of a place to stay, money for drugs, or something that you cannot obtain because of your drug addiction. Also, a drug addiction, in any case, needs to be taken seriously; treatment should always be the top priority for you so that you will be finally able to move forward from your addiction.
If you choose to use drugs and as soon as you discontinue the drugs you begin to go through withdrawals, then you are more than likely struggling with an addiction. This side effect occurs because of the body’s physical dependence. As soon as the body is no longer getting the usual dosing of drugs, it goes through withdrawals where it craves intoxication.
You may have noticed that you no longer care about doing things that you once loved. This is due to the depressed aspects of addiction. Your body and mind become incapable of functioning normally. You may find yourself slacking off at work, no longer completing assignments in school or you have chosen to give up hobbies or sports that you once loved.
Depending on your personality and how your body reacts to the drugs will be a determining factor when it comes to your attitude from drugs. For the most part, once someone is no longer high they go into a deep depression where they sometimes contemplate suicide, as well as having problems with aggressive behavior, anxiety, paranoia, and inability to remain in a constant mood for a period. You may be extremely happy one moment and go into a psychotic rant the next.
You may feel as if you have to be high to remain normal every single day. Or you think about getting high on a regular basis while trying to go about your everyday life. Cravings can be both physical and mental. Your mind will tell you that you need more drugs because of the physical dependence that you now are living with. You may consider getting high in your workplace, getting high and going to school, or just getting high and sitting at home only to satisfy the cravings that you will experience more and more as your addiction progresses.
Maybe you have noticed yourself gaining a large amount of unexplained weight (usually alcohol addiction), or you have noticed yourself becoming skinnier by the day (amphetamines, etc.) This is a tell, tell sign that someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Something else to look for if you are concerned that you may be struggling with an addiction is problems with your hygiene, unhealthy appearing hair, skin and nails, and even changes in how you dress or carry yourself in public.
So are you addicted? If you noticed that you are struggling with any of the signs that you may be addicted to drugs or alcohol, the next step would be to seek addiction treatment immediately. You can choose to enter into an inpatient or outpatient rehab program depending on the intensity of your addiction.