Am I Addicted?

The question as to whether or not you are addicted to a substance is difficult because only you can answer it. It is a difficult question for individuals to answer because it forces people to self evaluate and then contemplate whether or not they are ready to stop using the substance. If you are ready to self evaluate, or if you want to figure out if someone that you know has an addiction, then look for the physical and psychological symptoms that are apparent in an addict.

Physical Symptoms

When a person is physically addicted to a substance, it means that their body is biologically and chemically dependent on the substance to function normally. The more frequent an individual uses a substance, the more their tolerance builds. That means that they require heavier doses of the drug to get the same effects. When an addict tries to stop using, there are often withdrawal symptoms that begin a short time after the last dose.

Some physical characteristics of addiction are:

  •  Changes in everyday habits like sleeping and eating.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop using the substance (nausea, diarrhea, and shakes).
  • Increased dosage of the substance to get the same effects.
  • They may start getting ill more often and their skin and teeth can change (varies depending on drug type).

Psychological Symptoms

The psychological effects of addicted can be seen in how a person changes emotionally. The life of an addict starts to revolve around the use of the drug and they construct their lives in a way that is centered on attaining and using the drug. Addicts are overcome with the desire to have the drug.

Some psychological symptoms of addiction are:

  • Noticeable mood swings (anxiety, irritability, and depression are common)
  • Troubles with the law.
  • Individual stops taking part in healthy activity that they would have normally done before substance abuse.
  • Relationships become difficult to maintain, and have a lot more friction.
  • Using drugs to feel normal.
  • Relapsing when trying to quit using the substance.

Finding Help

If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself, then the most important thing to do is admit that there is a problem and that you do need help. It is not uncommon for people to attempt quitting on their own, but more often than not it results in demoralizing failed attempts and consecutive relapses. The best thing to do is find an addiction treatment facility that specializes in helping people that are in your exact situation.

If you notice these traits in someone that you care about, then the best thing that you can do is approach them about their problem. Interventions can be very effective in this situation. By gathering together people in a safe environment that care about the individual, it will help them see that you recognize their illness and that they are not alone. Help them find a drug or alcohol detox rehab facility that will maximize their potential for recovery.  

Locating An Addiction Treatment Facility

At, we understand that it can be a difficult process to locate a place that meets all of your individual needs. That is why we provide a 24-hour helpline that is dedicated to finding the best drug rehab facility for you. With minimal information about your addiction, as well as any personal preference that you have, we know that you will be satisfied with what we find.


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