WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF ADDICTION?

Published on August 29, 2018

The following are common symptoms of addiction:

  • The need to continue or increase use of the substance in order to achieve the desired effect.
  • Experiencing withdrawal when you don’t get the substance often enough.
  • Focusing your social life or work life around using the substance.
  • Extreme mood changes: finding yourself experiencing extreme happiness, sadness or anxiety.
  • Sleeping noticeably more or less than usual – usually at abnormal times of the day or night.
  • Experiencing changes in your energy level.
  • Extreme weight loss or gain.
  • You find yourself lying to cover up your substance use.
  • You find yourself stealing the substance to use, or money to buy the substance.
  • General demeanor of secretiveness, being careful about what you say to friends or family.