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Signs & Symptoms of Addiction

Am I an Addict?
Addiction isn’t always obvious and may not look how you would expect. People struggling with substance use disorders often attempt to hide their use from friends or family, making symptoms difficult to spot. However, there are some common signs to be aware of if you suspect a loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol.
Signs of substance abuse in adults
  • Memory lapses following drug or alcohol use
  • Isolation and being withdrawn and suspicious of others
  • Breaking promises and commitments
  • Maintaining and/or hiding a supply of alcohol or drugs
  • Making excuses for tardiness or poor performance at work
  • Trouble sleeping and/or a lack of motivation
  • Loss of interest in work, school, family activities, and things they used to enjoy
  • Drinking or using drugs until falling asleep
  • Mood or personality changes while under the influence
  • Use of alcohol or drugs despite harmful consequences
  • Showing feelings of anger, irritability, and guilt
Signs of substance abuse in adolescents
    • Drops in grades
    • Patterns of tardiness and absence from school
    • Lying and blaming
    • Unusual need to access money
    • Changes in their friend group
    • Denial when asked about drinking or drug use
    • Sneaking alcohol or drugs
    • Unusual sleeping patterns
    • Burns on their hands or clothing

Recognizing the signs of addiction is an important first step to getting help. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, call us. Bradford’s Care Coordinators are available 24/7 at 888-SOBER-40 or via Live Chat.

Consultations are always confidential and free of charge.