There’s a very fine line between drug use and drug addiction. This line becomes even thinner with particularly addicting and powerful drugs like heroin. A lot of addicts start as casual drug users and don’t realize they are addicts until it’s too late. Let’s take a look at five of the warning signs that make it clear that you or someone you know needs rehab to get over their alcohol or heroin addiction.
Signs of Drug Addiction
#1 Fear is Setting In – A lot of denial leads to a sense of real fear. When a person considers the thought of being an addict and has a real sense of fear set in, it’s likely that they do indeed have a problem.
#2 Failure to Manage Time – When addiction sets in, people spend most of their time focused on the addiction. It’s either partaking in the drug use or figuring out how to get more of their drug of choice. This focus leads to missed appointments, ignoring responsibilities and losing productivity at work.
#3 Lack of Social Interaction – Addicts will slowly but surely lose touch with friends and loved ones alike. There’s an understanding deep down in every addict that what they are doing is wrong. They will know that the people around them won’t be pleased with their drug use and to avoid the shame or confrontation, they will isolate themselves purposely.
#4 Acting Without Fear of Consequence – While thoughts of fear may arise for those who consider their addiction, they’ll often show a lack of fear when it comes to their actions. For instance, a person may show a willingness to break the law and acquire more drugs in any climate without really thinking of the danger they are putting themselves in. A lot of addicts will begin to act out sexually in ways they never had before. Another sign of risky behavior is a willingness to spend large amounts of money without fear of having enough to pay monthly bills and handle other responsibilities.
#5 Withdrawal – When an addict doesn’t ingest their drug of choice for an extended period of time, they will start to go through withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include anger, sadness and even illness. These factors don’t happen for casual drinkers, for example.
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