Addiction to a substance like a drug, alcohol, or nicotine is hard to control. You may have started using a pain pill for medicinal reasons or drinking alcohol for social reasons. When you finally decide you want to give it up, you may find that it’s extremely difficult to do so without help.
Risk factors for Addiction include:
- Your genetics
- Gender, ethnicity, and whether other mental disorders are present
- The environment including family, friends, socioeconomic status, and quality of your life
- Your age when addiction begins. Early addiction is more likely to become serious abuse.
Most Common Drug Addiction Symptoms
Every drug addiction is different, some signs and symptoms occur across all different types of substance abuse and dependency, including:
- A sudden loss of interest in family and friends
- A loss of interest in hobbies and activities once found fulfilling
- Bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
- Stealing money or borrowing money from family and friends
- Unexplained absences from the home
- Lying about your activities
- May take risks to obtain the substance such as stealing or driving fast
- Irritability and sudden mood swings, bouts of moodiness, bad temper,
- loss of focus, feel depressed and empty, frustration, anger, bitterness, and resentment.
- Sudden increased appetite or insomnia
- Withdrawal can trigger violence, trembling, seizures, hallucinations, and sweats.
- Secrecy or solitude
- You deny addiction when asked
I offer counselling that supports your efforts and helps you conquer the addiction and take back control of your life.