Common Signs of Addiction: How to Tell If You're an Addict

Some medical conditions present themselves in obvious ways. If you’re congested and sneezing, you probably have an upper-respiratory issue or allergy. If you fall and notice a bone deformity, it’s probably broken. 

Addiction, on the other hand, isn’t always as apparent. Even when you’re struggling yourself, denial and misleading stereotypes about being an addict might keep you from realizing that you have a disease in need of treatment.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, our dedicated team at  Primary Medicine of North Texas is here to help. Read on to learn about common signs of addiction, as well as ways we can help.

A problematic pattern of use

The primary symptom of addiction is repeated use of a substance, such as alcohol or a particular drug, that leads to clinically significant distress or impairment. 

You might be so fixated on the substance or using it so frequently, for example, that you can’t function well at work or school. Your relationships may be suffering as a result of the use. 

 

And still, you continue to rely on drugs or alcohol.

Needing more of the substance

Addiction has a considerable impact on the brain, particularly the parts of your brain associated with pleasure and reward. As a result, that changed circuitry leads you not only to need the substance but to desire more and more to feel an impact. 

And over time, instead of just craving the high or seemingly positive feelings associated with being intoxicated, you may end up feeling the need for increasingly more alcohol or drugs purely to avoid feeling bad.

An inability to stop on your own

Many people who are dependent on alcohol or drugs try to quit on their own at least once. However, quitting on your own can be extremely difficult, especially as the disorder worsens. Intense withdrawal symptoms lead many people back to the substance they tried to quit. 

That doesn’t mean they are failures; it means they need treatment. Just as you wouldn’t attempt to treat a broken arm on your own, seeking professional support is essential.

Additional signs of addiction

Addiction can impact virtually every aspect of your life with far-reaching repercussions. Some of the additional signs include:

Getting needed treatment

At Primary Medicine of North Texas, Dr. Robert Hernandez and nurse practitioner Dacodah LaBarge take a multidisciplinary approach to treating addiction. That means combining medication with lifestyle changes and therapy for the best possible results. 

While the medication minimizes cravings and withdrawal symptoms, lifestyle changes and psychological support can help ensure that you can stay as healthy and secure as possible moving forward. 

To learn more about addiction or get the care and support you need, call our office or request an appointment through our website.

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