Knowing what the alcoholism symptoms and drug addiction signs are – is crucial if you want to know whether you or someone you care about suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction.
There are whole host of signs and symptoms of alcoholism and drug addiction, but I’m not going to list them here (feel free to visit my website for that). I rather want to give you a crucial one – that if you pick up early can make all the difference.
Unlike what many people think – drug addiction or alcoholism isn’t simply a function of how often you use or how much you drink.
It will of course be obvious to you at certain times that a person is suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction. A drug addict for example will be so advanced in their addiction that their life simply revolves around their habit and doing anything else is almost impossible.
Likewise the alcoholic – who will be so far down the road of their addiction that their life has totally fallen apart – meaning they can’t even hold down a job or maintain a relationship anymore.
However, many suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction, aren’t that advanced yet with their addiction. Therefore you want to recognise the symptoms of drug addiction and alcoholism early.
And for me the telling sign and symptom of alcoholism and drug addiction is when you notice that your drinking or using begins to affect your life, i.e. the things you normally do on a daily basis.
You begin to become more preoccupied about your next drink or when you’ll use again, relationships begin to suffer, everyday stuff like work becomes more of a struggle – and so drinking or taking drugs becomes an emotional comfort that feels like it helps you manage better.
Now the difficulty is, picking up this sign of addiction – because it can be very subtle and just kind of creeps up on you without you realising. You might begin to notice a change in attitude, mood or behaviour in a person you love. If it’s you, you’re likely to be in denial about what’s happening – but if you’re really honest with yourself, you’ll know a problem is developing.