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Noticing the Warning Signs of Addiction

Noticing the Warning Signs of AddictionAddiction is a disease that can sneak up on Albuquerque residents. In fact, friends and family members often recognize the symptoms of addiction long before the addict does. The earlier addiction is identified, the more likely a full recovery can be made. Thus, it is important for people to know the warning signs of addiction for themselves and for the people around them.

Warning Signs of Addiction

Physical addiction is established when the body needs a substance to function properly. This happens because many intoxicating substances replace natural chemicals in the body. When an Albuquerque drug addict stops ingesting a substance she is addicted to, her body will go through a painful time of withdrawal until the body restores its natural chemical balance. Some physical withdrawal symptoms include the following problems:

  • Pain throughout the bones, joints and muscles
  • Tremors
  • Fever, chills and cold sweats
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms
  • Skin crawls

In most cases these symptoms pass in a matter of days, but they may last for a week or longer.

Signs of Psychological Addiction

The more powerful aspect of addiction is its power to change a person’s psychological functioning. Drugs and alcohol affect the same part that manages emotions, but drugs hijack this system and come to regulate the body’s sense of wellbeing. Drugs do this so well that the brain cannot control itself through rational thought. Some symptoms of psychological addiction include the following:

  • Obsession with obtaining and having access to the chemical
  • Justification for abuse
  • Blaming outside variables for drug abuse
  • Powerful cravings
  • Nightmares
  • Panic or anxiety attacks

While the symptoms of physical withdrawal tend to pass in a matter of days, psychological addiction can affect Albuquerque residents for months or years after detox. Recovery from this kind of addiction involves learning new ways to cope with cravings and triggers.

How to Recognize Addiction in Yourself

If you are concerned that your substance use may have become an addiction answer the following questions to determine what to do next:

  • Have you given up activities that were once important to you in lieu of substance abuse?
  • Are you defensive or irritable when Albuquerque friends or loved ones question you about your substance abuse?
  • Do you automatically associate fun with getting high or drunk?
  • If you are a man do you tend to drink more than 2 drinks per day or 10 drinks per week?
  • If you are a woman do you tend to drink more than 1 drink per day or 5 drinks per week?
  • Have you decided to quit abusing substances in the past but have failed to do so?
  • Do you have a family history of substance abuse or addiction?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may have an addiction. Lasting recovery requires comprehensive care of your body and mind.

Addiction Help for Albuquerque Residents

If you live in Albuquerque and are concerned about your use of drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time. Our counselors will answer all of your questions and can even connect you with the best recovery program for your particular needs. Addiction can be deadly, so don’t risk your life or your health for one more day.