Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

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There are many different types of addiction, including addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol, addictions to behaviors, like eating, and more. People become addicted to substances and behaviors as a way to escape from pain, but eventually find that their addictions only complicate their lives and make the pain worse. This can lead to self-destructive patterns that can be devastating, both for the addict and for those closest to them.

The signs of addiction vary by the type of the addiction, but there are some general red flags to be on alert for. These include what are commonly known as the 3 C's, defined as Craving or compulsion, loss of control, and continued use even when use has severe negative consequences. Regardless of the type of addiction, all addicts experience the 3 C's to some degree.

Most substance abusers spend much of their time using, obtaining, and recovering from the substance(s) that they are addicted to, and will continue to use even when the consequences for continued use become severe and interfere with occupational, social, and family obligations. Substance abusers also typically have a high tolerance for the substance(s) that they are abusing and often experience severe withdrawal symptoms if they do not use.

When it comes to behavioral addiction, most addicts often compulsively lie to close friends and family members about their activities and are unable to meet their living expenses because their support of their addictive habits. Addicts may also become secretive about their behaviors, particularly about their Internet and computer usage.

Most addicts are ashamed, embarrassed, and feel guilty about their addictions, and are often in denial when it comes to admitting that they have a problem in the first place. The first step toward addiction recovery is the ability to admit that the addiction exists, but change and recovery are possible, provided that the addict is willing to change.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you are not alone. There are treatment options and help available for all types of addictions. Obtaining a referral to a qualified therapist is an essential step in the recovery process, once an addiction is recognized and acknowledged. The right therapist can help to explain treatment options and help select the best one. Remember, addictions do not have to control your life, and it is never to late to recognize a problem and take control.

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One of the best ways to recover from addiction is to work with a therapist who can assist with addiction treatment that can help to overcome and recover more quickly.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27