The substance takes up a lot of the person’s time and thinking
The person has recurring thoughts such as: when will I get my next fix of the substance again? If I don’t get it, what can I use as a substitute? Where can I get it? And how?
When the person does not imbibe the substance for a period of time. This may include shivering, irritation, severe craving, and changes in behavior and mood.
Loss of control
The person may want to quit using the substance, but are unable to stay with their decision.
The person has a strong urge to imbibe the substance.
The person keeps using the substance even though they know that it causes them and others physical or emotional harm
There are several physical indicators that can help you identify if a loved one is addicted to a substance: Red eyes, disturbed sleeping patterns, sudden weight gain, smell of alcohol or drugs, lack of coordination, or increase in injuries.
A person who is struggling with an addiction loses interest in their favourite activities, begins neglecting their responsibilities, may get into fights or financial troubles. They may also become very insistent on their privacy; locking themselves up in their room for hours, refusing to share what they’re doing, or avoiding situations that require them to interact with family and friends.
A person with addiction may be irritable, stressed and restless most of the time; they may exhibit sudden mood swings, anxiety, paranoia, and have trouble concentrating. They may also suffer from a loss of memory
If you think you or your loved one has an addiction, seek professional help immediately. A person who is addicted may experience withdrawal physical as well as psychological symptoms; it is best to get the support of a psychiatrist who will help manage the symptoms and offer therapy.