Signs of Addiction

5 Signs of Alcohol and Drug Addiction


It can be difficult to recognize that you have become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Many times it takes professional intervention to help someone break their addiction, and it is almost always a lifelong commitment.

There are, however, signs that may indicate that you or a loved one have a substance use disorder. If you are concerned about addiction, it is important to seek treatment. Today there are more options than ever for drug and alcohol treatment.

5 signs of alcohol and drug addiction:

1. You Suffer Withdrawal Symptoms 

Many individuals with substance use disorder suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop taking the substance. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe. It can be difficult to manage without the help of a medical professional.

2. You Are Unable to Control Your Use

People who seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction often report that they were unable to control the use of the substance on their own. 

Lack of control of use may include:

  • You are unable to stop using the substance;
  • You have tried to stop in the past but couldn’t; or
  • You continue to use the substance despite the consequences.

If a loved one has brought up concerns about your drug or alcohol use, you may want to assess whether you are unable to control your use.

3. You Hide Your Use

An indicator of addiction may be that you begin to hide your use of the substance from loved ones. You may keep the actual substance hidden or withdrawal from friends and family so that you can continue using.

4. You Miss Work or School

Missing work or school on a regular basis may be a consequence of addiction. Many people with substance use disorders find it difficult to do everyday activities. They may struggle to perform at work or school and may have repeated absences affecting their employment or enrollment.

5. You Have Financial Struggles Related to Use

Financial struggles may also be an indicator of addiction. If you are hiding your spending habits from your partner or are borrowing money to support your use, it may be time to seek treatment.