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Are You Addicted?

Addiction takes many forms. The classic impression of someone coping with addiction — unable to keep a job, ostracized by their loved ones — is just one of many ways addiction can be determined.

But many people with addiction aren’t out of work or set aside by their families and friends. They’re fully employed. They attend conferences at their child’s school. They appear engaged with their friends and loved ones.

Still, the triggers are all around. The rattle of pills in a prescription bottle, the crinkle of cellophane or the click of a glass immediately begins the thoughts of escaping back into addiction.

The National Coalition on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence offers the following signs of addiction:

  • Physical and health warning signs of drug abuse
    • Eyes are bloodshot or pupils are smaller or larger than normal
    • Frequent nosebleeds that could be related to snorted drugs, such as methamphetamine or cocaine
    • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
    • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
    • Seizures without a history of epilepsy
    • Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance
    • Injuries or accidents and person won’t or can’t explain how they got hurt
    • Unusual smells on breath, body or clothing
    • Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech
    • Impaired or unstable coordination
  • Behavioral signs of drug abuse
    • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
    • Loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise
    • Decreased motivation
    • Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates
    • Unusual or unexplained need for money or financial problems
    • Borrowing or stealing money
    • Liquidating valuable for money
    • Appearing silent or withdrawn
    • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
    • Sudden change in relationships with spouses, partners, colleagues or friends
    • Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents and illegal activities)
  • Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
    • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
    • Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing
    • Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation
    • Lack of motivation, inability to focus and appearing lethargic or “spaced out”
    • Appearing fearful, withdrawn, anxious or paranoid, with no apparent reason

These are not the only signs. If you think you have a problem, regain your life at Willowbrooke
by calling 770.812.3266 or completing our Information Request Form now.

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