A sign is something others, like the doctor, see, whilst a symptom is something that the patient discerns and explains. For example, drowsiness could be an indicator, but enlarged pupils are clues.
Drug Addiction - an addicted person cannot resist or restrict himself to the intake of the substance be it drug, alcohol, cigarette. Even if the substance poses a danger, they will still take it whether or not they know the dangers.
Being dependant on a substance can lead to strong cravings. The person addicted may be willing to stop taking it, but they are not able on their own.
The signs and symptoms of substance reliance change as indicated by the individual, the substance they are dependent on, their family history (hereditary qualities) and individual conditions.
The clues and indicators of addiction could be that:
The individual takes the substance and can't stop - as a rule, for example, nicotine, liquor or drug dependence, at least one genuine endeavour was made to surrender, however unsuccessfully.
Withdrawal symptoms - when the body levels of that drug drop below a specific level, a patient experiences mood-related and physical symptoms. There are urges, spells of moodiness, fits of rage, poor concentration, a feeling of being sad and empty, anger, resentment and frustration.
The person's appetite may suddenly go high. Withdrawal also comes with insomnia. Sometimes, the user might have GI symptoms, like constipation or diarrhoea. Depending on the drug, some will cause the person to be aggression, shivering, convulsions, delusions and perspirations.
Though the addicts witness these health issues, they continue to abuse those substances - even when they start suffering ailments as a result. For instance, a smoker may keep smoking even after a lung or heart condition prevails.
Recreational or social sacrifices - because of the substance addiction, some actions are forfeited. To give an example, an alcoholic might decline an invitation to spend a day on a boat or to go camping when no alcohol is at hand, a smoker might choose not to meet with friends in a pub/restaurant that prohibits smoking.
Keeping a good supply - the person always makes sure they have access to the substance, even if they don't have a lot of money. They may ensure that this substance is made available by dipping into the budget of the entire home.
Dangers of Addiction (1) - An addict may go to any lengths including risking their lives by stealing or prostituting to get money or drugs.
Taking risks (2) - driving at a higher speed is one of the risks the addict may easily take when they have taken the substance.
Coping with issues - an addict often feels he/she requires his/her substance to cope with his/her issues.
Obsession - figuring out the best way to access their substance and how to use it may occupy a greater part of their time and energy
Loneliness and secrecy - in several instances addicts might use the substance on their own, or even secretly.
Denial - a considerable number of addicts are living in a state of denial. They (are oblivious of or) ignore the fact that they are in danger.
Overindulgence - With some substances like alcohol, some types of drugs and cigarettes, the addict may take too much at a go. Some noticeable health symptoms like persistent cough, sore throat and blackouts that erase part of their memory could be the case.
Dropping diversions and exercises - as the compulsion advances the individual may quit doing things he/she used to appreciate a considerable measure. Chain smokers might not be strong anymore to participate in sports they once enjoyed.
Having stashes - the dependent individual may have little supplies of their substance shrouded away in various parts of the house or auto; frequently in improbable spots.
Taking an underlying substantial measurements - this is basic with liquor abuse. An alcoholic might drink quickly to get drunk faster and feel good.
Having issues with the law - this is progressively a normal for some drug and liquor addictions (not nicotine, for instance). This might be either on the grounds that the substance disables judgment and the individual goes for broke they would not take in the event that they were calm or with a specific end goal to get hold of the substance they overstep the law.
Financial difficulties - the addicts will be willing to pay whatever it costs to access the substance if the substance is expensive. In some countries, even cigarettes are very expensive, like in the UK, UK, and parts of Europe where someone who smokes two packs a day will spend '660 per month, nearly '8,000 per year.
Strained relationships - such are seen more in cases where drugs or alcohol are the substance in use.
Some substance/liquor abusers who are not actually dependent may likewise experience the ill effects of or cause a portion of the portrayals specified above, yet they don't more often than not have the withdrawal manifestations of someone who is addicted or a similar impulse to devour the substance.