Drug abuse becomes a dependency when a person has a compulsive need to use drugs without care or respect for the consequences that might occur either bodily or emotionally.
Although the symptoms of drug dependence can be hidden by other problems in a user’s life, there are loads of signs and symptoms to look for to tell if you or someone you love has a drug addiction. The most recognizable sign certainly is your treasured-one’s inability to stop taking the drug. People who are dependant upon drugs feel they can’t go on in life without the help of their drug. They go to great lengths to obtain the drug and use it on a habitual basis.
Addicts also begin to lose all interest in activities that they used to like to do. Their whole life is dictated by when and where they can find their next fix. They put aside hobbies, relatives, even work and school. Nothing else is as essential as taking their drug of selection.
Drug addiction tends to show up in a person’s mood. Are they often either overly up or really down? Mood swings are common with drug dependence as are violent outbursts and irrational behavior.
People with a drug addiction will find themselves behaving in ways they usually would not do without the drug. Physically, the aftereffects of drug dependence will unavoidably show in the body over time. They may suffer a sudden weight loss and appear emaciated or pale to others. They forget to look after themselves, such as not showering on a regular basis or taking the time to comb their hair. They may have physical sores on their body, and their eyes may seem dull and disinterested, with a glazed look most of the time.
By the time dependence has really taken hold of a user, the body has become used to having the drug in its system. It builds up a tolerance, and thus the user will need to take more of the drug in order to achieve the same outcome it had before.
The addicted user will predictably begin engaging in secretive or suspect behavior, such as withdrawing during gatherings or making many, pointless trips just to be by themselves. They can also become emotionally detached from those they were until that time close to. This estrangement makes it easier for them to use drugs without any influence from those around them.
Depression almost always accompanies drug addiction, so look for indicators of hopelessness, negative talk, and withdrawal from all activity. Sudden variations in work or education results can also be a sign of dependence. Addicted persons may feel perpetually exhausted too, and not want to get out bed - staying asleep for long periods of time. This can be a combination of both the effects of the drug and the accompanying sense of dejection.
Drug addiction is a very serious sickness, so if you see these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, seek help. The therapy has to begin somewhere, and when the symptoms appear, the time to get help is now!