Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

Alcohol addiction Treatment in Fort Myers FlAlthough everyone with a drug or alcohol addiction will behave slightly differently, there are certain key signs and symptoms that are present in the vast majority of cases. The overarching theme is change. If there is no other medical explanation, the following physical and psychological addiction signs and symptoms can be an indication that someone suffers from substance abuse.

Physical Signs and Symptoms

  •  Bloodshot (i.e. unusually red or pink) eyes
  •  Dilated or constricted pupils
  •  Persistent nausea or vomiting
  •  A reduction in appetite
  •  Sudden and noticeable weight changes (weight loss or weight gain)
  •  Sleep disturbances (insomnia or oversleeping)
  •  An irritated, inflamed nose
  •  Poor personal hygiene or reduced interest in appearance
  •  Unpleasant or strange smells (on breath or clothing)
  •  Speech changes such as slurring or stammering
  •  Poor coordination or muscle tremors

Behavioral signs and symptoms

  •  Poor attendance or performance at work or school
  •  Mood swings (e.g. sudden anger)
  •  Changes in social circle accompanied by secretive behavioral patterns
  •  New tendency to become involved in fights or accidents
  •  An overall reduction in motivation
  •  Defensiveness about activities or whereabouts
  •  Taking risks to obtain drugs or alcohol
  •  Paranoia and anxiety
  •  Manic giddiness or hyperactivity
  •  Financial problems and/or an unexplained desperation for money
  •  Ignoring or forgetting responsibilities to loved ones
  •  Appearing socially withdrawn
  •  Unwillingness to discuss problems or concerns with loved ones
  •  Outright denying that there is a problem

If these signs and symptoms sound familiar to you, contact us today at (877)855-3470 in order to have a confidential conversation with an expert member of our team. Our board-certified doctors, psychologists and nurses are highly experienced in conducting safe medical detoxification processes and we will help you form a treatment plan most beneficial to the specific needs of you or your loved one.