Symptoms And Signs Of Dependency
A sign is something others, like the doctor, see, whilst a symptom is something that the patient discerns and explains. For example, drowsiness could be an indicator, but enlarged pupils are clues.
Dependence on a substance - the person who is addicted to a substance like alcohol or drugs loses the ability to decide when to use and when not to use such. Even if the substance poses a danger, they will still take it whether or not they know the dangers.
Drug addiction makes the body have a strong desire for the substance. It's possible that the addict wants to stop taking the substance but finds it really hard to do so on his or her own.
The signs and symptoms of substance reliance change as indicated by the individual, the substance they are dependent on, their family history (hereditary qualities) and individual conditions.
Signs and symptoms of substance enslavement may include
- Unsuccessful attempts at stopping - the person taking the substance, like nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs, has made at least on serious try at stopping and was unable to.
- Withdrawal symptoms - mental and physical reactions happen when the levels of the substance in the body drop below a certain level. Cases of resentment, bitterness, anger, frustration, depression, decreased focus, bad temper, emptiness, moodiness and cravings arise.
- There could be a sudden increase in appetite. Lack of sleep could also be an indication of withdrawal. Some patients will have troubled bowel movements or running stomachs. Depending on the substance, withdrawal might also cause violence, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, and sweating.
- Though the addicts witness these health issues, they continue to abuse those substances - even when they start suffering ailments as a result. To give an example, someone who smokes might continue to smoke even after a heart/lung issue has developed.
- Social as well as recreational sacrifices - a few exercises are surrendered due to a dependence on something. A drunkard might choose not to go camping or boat ride if there will not be alcohol or a smoker might choose not to join his friends if they are meeting in a no-smoke pub or hotel.
- Keeping stock - Addicts always stock up on drugs to make sure they have a decent supply even if it costs more than they can afford. Sacrifices might be made in the house financial plan to ensure the substance is as copious as could reasonably be expected.
- Taking risks (1) - some of the addicts may go as far as prostituting or stealing in the bid to raise money for the substance.
- Dangers of Addiction (2) - When the addict is on the drug, they may take bold actions like over speeding.
- Coping with issues - an addict often feels he/she requires his/her substance to cope with his/her issues.
- Obsession - figuring out the best way to access their substance and how to use it may occupy a greater part of their time and energy
- Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
- Lack of acceptance - Many people addicted people refuse to accept. They don't know (or decline to recognise) that they have an issue.
- Excess consumption - in addictions involving alcohol and some substance, the addict uses in excess. The results of over-indulgence could be memory loss or physiological issues like respiratory infections or a chronic cough as experienced by chain smokers.
- Neglecting leisure and pastime activities - as the addiction takes its toll, the person might abandon activities that used to be important to him. Chain smokers might not be strong anymore to participate in sports they once enjoyed.
- Stashing the substance - an addict might hide small stocks of the substance in unlikely places, like around the house or in the car.
- Taking a large initial dose - this is usually a problem with alcohol addiction. An alcoholic might drink quickly to get drunk faster and feel good.
- Having problems with the law - many of the drug and alcohol addicts(except nicotine) suffer this problem. It may be because the individual cannot judge right, thus do things they normally won't do, or deliberately do something unlawful to obtain the substance.
- Money problems - if the drug is costly, the addicted person may neglect or cut down on other needs to afford it. In some countries, even cigarettes are very expensive, like in the UK, UK, and parts of Europe where someone who smokes two packs a day will spend '660 per month, nearly '8,000 per year.
- Relationship issues - these problems are more typical with alcohol or drug dependency.
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Those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs on a technical manner may be exposed to the aforementioned dangers, but the severe urge to consume drugs and the withdrawal symptoms witnessed by an addict may not be present.