Addiction may be considered to be the compulsive and continued use of alcohol or drug, or the loss of control over its use, despite the adverse consequences produced by the alcohol or drug. Alcohol or drug dependence has both psychological and physical characteristics. If unable to obtain the drug, the addicted person may experience symptoms of distress or withdrawal and a need to take the alcohol or drug again.
Addiction being a ‘chronic disease’ that damages not only the body but even the soul. According to the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association, it affects a person in three dimensional ways: physical craving, mingled with obsessive thought, resulting in spiritual bankruptcy. It has everything to do with how the addicts THINK and how they perceive life to be. Obviously, their thinking is convoluted and irrational.
Recognizing the signs of addiction (to legal or illegal substances) in someone else can be difficult. These signs vary from substance to substance and person to person.
Signs of Addiction
- Do you drink alcohol or use drugs heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel with someone?
- Can you handle more alcohol or drug now than when you first started to drink?
- Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though
your friends say you didn’t pass out?
- When drinking or using with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks or drug when others won’t know about it?
- Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol or drug is not available?
- Are you more in a hurry to get your first drink or drug of the day than you used to be?
- Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking or using?
- Has a family member or close friend express concern or complained about your drinking or using drugs?
- Have you been having more memory “blackouts” recently?
- Do you often want to continue drinking / using after your friends say they’ve had enough?
- Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you drink / use heavily?
- When you’re sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking / using?
- Have you tried switching brands or drinks, alternative drugs or following different plans to control your drinking / using?
- Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or cutting down on your drinking / using?
- Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol/drug) violation, or any other legal problem related to your drinking / using?
- Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are drinking / using?
- Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of
your drinking / using?
- Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your drinking / using drugs?
- Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are drinking / using drugs?
- Do you sometimes have the “shakes” in the morning and find that it helps to have a
“little” drink / drug, tranquilizer or medication of some kind?
- Have you recently noticed that you can’t drink / use as much as you used to?
- Do you sometimes stay intoxicated for several days at a time?
- After periods of drinking / using do you sometimes see or hear things that isn’t there?
- Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking / using?
- Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after periods of heavy drinking / Using drugs?
- Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol / drugs?