What is Drug Addiction ?
When you are unable to stop using your drug of choice, despite a desire to live without addiction, when you experience physical withdrawal symptoms, when you attempt to stop getting high, when you crave your drug of choice and obsess about getting more – these are just a few characteristics of active drug addiction.
What are the signs of Drug Addiction ?
Depending upon the substance of choice, the signs of being under the influence will vary. But drug addiction can create a number of problems that are common to all who live with the issue. These include :
Hiding substance use
Lying about substances used or the amount of the drug used
Violent or erratic behavior
Extreme mood changes
Complaints of physical illness
Continued use of drugs despite negative consequences
Inability to maintain employment or function well at work
Rationalizing drug use despite consequences
Inability to remain clean and sober for any length of time
Disrupted sleeping and eating patterns
Choosing to get high over other essential activities