Drug Addiction Symptoms

Habits and Behaviours – Drug Addiction

Due to continual chemical alterations, some drugs are now more addictive and pose a greater health risk than others. This is in part due to the components of the substance and how it affects the mood and behaviour of the user. However, the individual will show specific characteristics, certain habits and behaviour because of addiction.

Drug addiction produces a drug personality with these symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Unreliable
  • Dishonesty
  • May appear chronically depressed
  • Unable to finish projects
  • May begin stealing from family and friends
  • Withdrawal from those who love him
  • Unexpressed resentment and secret hatreds
  • Lies to family, friends, and employers
  • Isolates self

 

Characteristics of a Fully Developed Drug Addiction

To classify a fully developed addiction, experts say four factors must be present. It also permits a differentiation from other compulsive behaviours. Compulsion, craving, consequences and control are the four factors. In some circles named the four Cs of addiction. You will find a description below.

1. Compulsion

The behaviour starts as casual use. With time it turns into an impulse. It then becomes a compulsion. When the person cannot consume the substance, it becomes agonizing. The person can become anxious. Compulsion is an absolute urge to use overpowering the individual.

2. Craving

The urge to use becomes a way of life. According to the drug-addicted person, it is vital and lives almost solely for their next hit. When a person stops using, physical or mental effects appear. Both physical and mental effects can occur at the same time, depending on the substance misuse. Restlessness, insomnia and lack of appetite can result.

3. Consequences

Even though the negativity of their use affects their family life, work, relationship and financial situation, they keep compulsively using.

4. Control

The person has lost all control over their consumption. The individual cannot cut down or eliminate the substance from their life. But can steal and secretly plan for their next hit.

 

To a nonuser or casual alcohol/drug user, it’s difficult to understand why an addicted person doesn’t just stop—their usage snowballs into a compulsion that is difficult to control. Our experiences show that the drug addict or alcoholic is usually an intelligent and most often creative person. Most had a bright future or a successful life, which only adds to the calamity of their downfall. As a person slips down the spiral, their loved ones try to deny the problem exists. This can go on for several years. This is part of the vicious cycle of addiction and has some devastating results.

 

Drug Rehabilitation Treatments

There are many different therapies for drug rehabilitation, and it is sometimes hard to choose from them. Drug Rehabilitation Referral Services offers a free service to help you find the right place for yourself or your loved one.

 

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    Source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/026988119801200104
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1046/j.1360-0443.95.8s2.3.x
    https://www.painscale.com/article/the-4-c-s-of-addiction