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Addiction

What is Addiction?

Addiction can manifest in many ways depending on the person. However, warning signs of addiction can apply to most people dealing with substance abuse or other addictions.

 

The following are common signs of addiction that can help you recognize when you or someone else needs help. If you feel that any of these apply to you or a loved one - don’t hesitate!

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  • Cravings are intense desires or urges to use a substance, engage in a behavior, or repeat a specific action. Various factors, such as stress, environmental cues, or emotional states, can trigger these cravings. They are often difficult to resist and can lead to a cycle of addiction.

  • Tolerance occurs when a person needs increasing amounts of a substance or activity to achieve the desired effect. This happens because the body adapts to the substance or behavior, and the initial doses become less effective over time. Tolerance can be a warning sign of addiction and lead to higher overdose risks or harmful consequences.

  • When a person stops or reduces their use of a substance or behavior they are addicted to, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can vary depending on the substance or behavior but often include physical and psychological discomfort such as anxiety, irritability, nausea, tremors, or insomnia. The fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms can drive individuals to continue their addictive behavior.

  • Physical dependence occurs when the body relies on a substance or behavior to function normally. It is characterized by developing withdrawal symptoms when the substance or behavior is stopped. Physical dependence can further reinforce addiction and make it challenging to quit or break free from the addictive cycle.

  •  Individuals struggling with addiction often exhibit drug-seeking behaviors, which involve a relentless pursuit of obtaining and using the substance or engaging in the addictive behavior. This can include doctor shopping, stealing, lying, or manipulating others to acquire the substance or engage in the behavior. These behaviors can harm relationships, work, and personal life.