How to Spot the Early Warning Signs of Addiction
Addiction is a progressive disease –the longer it is left untreated, there is an increased likelihood for seriously negative outcomes.
While it may be uncomfortable to think about, being aware of the early warning signs of addiction can be potentially life-saving. This is especially true for individuals who are at higher risk for substance use disorder (SUD) such as those who have a family history of SUD or are struggling with other mental health issues.
Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step in getting help for yourself or a loved one.
What is addiction?
Addiction is defined as a chronic disease that affects key brain functions often marked by drug cravings and disruptions in a person’s emotional and social life. People battling SUD often neglect other areas of their life as a result of their addiction.
Early Warning Signs of Addiction
The early warning signs of addiction can be divided into three categories – psychological, behavioral, and physical. The symptoms can drastically affect a person’s quality of living and include:
The physical warning signs are among the most well-known, physically evident calling cards of a substance of choice. While warning signs seem easily divided into these categories, the reality of identifying them is less clear. Many of them can be overlapping or seem tied to other issues. Some may even seem easily explained away.
Becoming familiar with the common warning signs is the first step in supporting someone battling an addiction and crucial to recovery.
What To Do if You Suspect A Loved One is Battling Addiction
It isn’t always easy to decide to reach out and help someone battling addiction – or to get help for yourself. If you recognize any of the early warning signs of addiction in yourself of a loved one, contact Wellbridge today to learn more about what advanced, evidence-based treatment is available.
Learn more about supporting someone battling addiction without enabling them here.