Recognizing The Signs of Addiction

Millions of people use drugs and alcohol every day. But what makes someone an addict?  It’s a very complicated issue. There are different degrees of addiction.  It can be biological, learned, psychological and even cultural. Alcoholism Treatment Helpline Edison, NJ takes a further look into the personality traits of an addict.

Therapists can often spot addictive tendencies right away. Addicts typically suffer from anxiety and depression. They may seem awkward, angry, inpatient and will ask for medications for no good reason. An addict is prone to making impulsive decisions, feeling alienated and isolated from society. Because addicts tend to drift away socially, they also tend to be deviant and avoid conforming to mainstream society.

People who become addicts value their substance more than anything in the world. They’ll often go to great lengths of lying about their whereabouts to find a discreet location to drink or do drugs. In many cases they’ll borrow and use money from family members and friends to purchase more drugs and alcohol. When confronted about their substance abuse, addicts tend to display anger and become defensive

Sometimes an addiction can go undiagnosed for years because not every addict is the same. Counselors at Drug Rehab Help have the challenging job of trying to help each patient to get the most out of their rehabilitation experience.  But there are some common traits addicts will go through in rehab. Alcoholics who fully complete rehabilitation with go through these five different stages.

·         An alcoholic is someone who continues a consistent pattern of abuse.  It can interfere and impair a person’s ability to function normally and deal with the demands of common social situations. People who fit this stage typically neglect their normal activities. They often show up late for work, fail to pay their bills or never meet their daily responsibilities.

·         A problem drinker doesn’t have the same consistency of drinking patterns as their alcoholic counterparts. Most problem drinkers tend to have passive-aggressive personalities.

·         The term dry drunk typically applies to people who stopped drinking. However they still display inconsistent behavior towards their friends, family and tend to be secretive and deceptive in social situations.

·         A sober person has completely stopped drinking and is able to break the pattern previously displayed as an alcoholic.

·         Past sober is the final stage of rehabilitation. This is a person who has stopped drinking and is able to avoid any of the self-destructive tendencies they originally had as an addict. They are able to function socially and have complete control over the triggers of addiction.

While many people may possess some of the traits listed above, they may not necessarily be addicts. Alcoholism Treatment Helpline Edison, NJ believes each person has to be dealt with individually. But recognizing the traits of addiction early can reduce the chances of dangerous behavior from becoming routine. 

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