Addiction occurs when someone has a negative relationship with a substance or behaviour that they cannot control without the help of a professional.
Oftentimes, we confuse the idea of addiction with habits. With addiction, there is a physical and psychological component in which the person afflicted cannot stop consuming a substance because of the mental conditions involved. A habit is something we do by choice. We can break our habits because we are not tethered to them due to the lack of psychological and physical factors that are involved with addiction.
Addiction manifests itself in different ways besides obvious intoxication. If you are concerned about a loved one’s behaviour but are unsure if they have a problem with drugs, alcohol or gambling, view our list below to see if your friend or family member is struggling with addiction.
Physical – Addiction rears its ugly head by wreaking havoc on the body through:
Behavioural– Addiction also causes behavioural changes like:
Psychological– Addiction is also the cause of psychological changes such as:
When trying to identify an addict, people often forget to look at tolerance as a contributing factor. Over time an addict will need more and more drugs or alcohol to feel the same euphoria. If you notice that your loved one’s tolerance for substances has hit the roof, they are probably an addict.
“I can stop if I want too.”
When you hear these words spring forth from your loved one’s mouth you need to ignore them. If they could stop, they would have already.
Addiction is serious. In the movies and TV, addicts are often portrayed without consequences for comedic effect. In real life, someone who exhibits additive behaviours will suffer the consequences if they do not seek help as early as possible.
Have a conversation with your loved one and express your concern. Addiction is dangerous is left untreated and you don’t want to lose your loved one for good.Back