At Windward Way, often we find that many families, friends, loved ones, and employers want to know the symptoms and early signs of drug or alcohol addiction. Those abusing drugs or alcohol may know some of the side effects or risks, but not all. Our staff and professionals working in our addiction treatment program are well acquainted not only with the symptoms and early signs of addiction but also the risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol in excess is extremely toxic to the human body, affecting nearly every major system and organ. Withdrawal from alcohol can also be deadly.
Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
Complications such as the loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, frequent runny nose, and difficulties swallowing may occur in some people who snort cocaine.
Symptoms of Heroin Addiction
Since heroin goes straight to the receptors in the human brain that influence comfort and reward, people who have been using this opioid find it exceedingly hard to quit.
Symptoms of Meth Addiction
Complications such as “meth mouth”, nosebleeds, lung infections, and difficulties swallowing may occur in some people who smoke meth.
Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
Withdrawal from opioids can also become quite uncomfortable—insomnia, profuse sweating, pain, intense anxiety, a feeling for the need to vomit, are very common.
Symptoms of Painkiller Addiction
Abuse of painkillers is not without consequences. These types of medications can kill in overdose. Windward Way's addiction treatment program can help.
Symptoms of Drug Addiction
Addiction to drugs is as complex as it is unique in how it plays out with each individual. First, you need to know what class of drug it is you’re dealing with—addiction to benzodiazepines will be far different than an addiction to synthetic cannabinoids like Spice. And a raging coke habit may have far different consequences on a person’s health than a prescription painkiller addiction.
Still, there are telltale signs in common with many forms of addictions to both substances and prescription pharmaceuticals:
- Loss of Control: Using more than a person wants to, for longer than he intended, or despite telling himself that he would stop.
- Neglecting Other Activities: Spending less time on activities that used to be important.
- Relationship Issues: People struggling with addiction are known to act out against those closest to them.
- Secrecy: Going out of one’s way to hide the amount of drugs consumed.
- Family History: A family history of addiction is often one early sign.
- Tolerance: Over time, a person’s body adapts to a substance to the point that they need more and more of it in order to have the same effect.
- Withdrawal: This will differ depending on what substance the person is abusing. One common thread is noticeable anxiety when a person is going without the substance.
- Continued Use, Despite Negative Consequences: Even though a drug abuse is causing problems (on the job, in relationships, for one’s health), the person continues.
- Risk Taking: More likely to take serious risks in order to obtain drugs.
- Changing Appearance: Changes or deterioration in hygiene or physical appearance is common in all forms of drug abuse.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Addiction to alcohol has similarities to drug addiction. After all, alcohol is just another type of psychoactive chemical. Because of its history, social acceptance, and availability, it does, however, have some unique early signs of addiction and symptoms.
Some common signs include:
- Inability to Moderate: Found you ended up drinking more, or longer, than you intended.
- Inability to Stop: More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but could not.
- Risky Situations: More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt.
- Disrupting Work or Family Life: Found that drinking—or being sick from drinking—often interfered with taking care of your home or family or disrupted work.
- Loss of Passions: Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink.
- Increased Tolerance: Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want.
- Continued Use Despite Problems: Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem, or after having had a memory blackout.
- Relationship Issues: Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends
- Withdrawal: Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or a seizure.
- Legal Issues: More than once gotten arrested, been held at a police station, or had other legal problems because of your drinking.
Windward Way can show you how to overcome addiction. Our alcohol rehab can get you the help you—or someone you care about—desperately needs. Call 855-491-7694.