There are many people who experiment with drugs and alcohol when they are with friends or in a party and they continue using drugs or alcohol because it makes them feel good or stops them from feeling unhappy or sad. In many cases, there is a very fine line between occasional use and drug and alcohol addiction. Very few people realize that they have crossed the line.
While different drugs and alcohol tend to have different effects on the body, the symptoms of addiction are the same. Here are some signs to watch out for that will tell you that your occasional use has turned into a drug and alcohol addiction:
- Over time, your body has built tolerance towards the drug and/or alcohol. As a result, you tend to use more of the drug or consume more alcohol to experience the same effects and feelings that you used to experience with smaller amounts.
- You begin taking drugs or alcohol to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms occur when you go for a long period without the drug or alcohol and include restlessness, nausea, sweating, anxiety, depression, shaking and insomnia.
- You have completely lost control over your drug or alcohol use. In other words, you take drugs or consume alcohol more often. You keep telling yourself that you are going to stop, but you feel completely powerless when the urge takes over.
- You have given up activities that you used to enjoy before, such as sports, socializing with friends and family and hobbies. All you can think about is when can you do drugs or take a sip of the alcohol. Your entire life is all about your drug and alcohol addiction and you cannot stop pondering over how to get your next fix or how to recover from the drug’s effects.