Addictive Behavior

Posted in Mental Health

If you believe you or a loved one in Atlanta is struggling with addiction, learn the signs of addiction and how to get help if necessary. Addiction is a serious problem that needs to be identified, and other serious issues can be mistaken for addiction.

Physical Signs of Addiction in Atlanta Residents

Drug abuse and other addictive behaviors can result in health issues related to the following areas of the body:

  • Respiratory system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Nervous system

While increasing levels of illness may indicate addiction, these signs can be hard to identify. Easier to see are changes in outward appearance such as the following:

  • Red, watery eyes
  • Dryness around the nose or mouth
  • Track marks from needles
  • An overall neglect of hygiene
  • Weight gain or loss

Behavioral Signs of Addiction in Atlanta Residents

Not all changes related to addiction are physical. Addiction may involve a loss of interest in or attendance to the following:

  • Work
  • School
  • Family and friends
  • Social commitments
  • Once-beloved hobbies
  • Responsibilities

These effects may be the result of changes in social circles in Atlanta or an overall disinterest in anything other than drug use or participating in an addictive behavior. Other signs that indicate addiction include the following:

  • Deceitful or illegal behavior such as “doctor shopping” or lying about an illness/injury to obtain more drugs
  • Hoarding large amounts of drugs or alcohol
  • Stealing money or drugs
  • Financial and legal trouble such as unexplained bankruptcy, fines, incarceration, a general lack of funds or asking for money often
  • Drastic or sudden changes in mood/personality such as bouts of anger, depression, isolation, anxiousness or the development of a mental health disorder
  • A trip to the emergency room on one or more occasions for the treatment of an overdose
  • Experiencing tolerance or withdrawal symptoms is a sign of physical dependency

How to Address Addictive Behavior in Atlanta Residents

If you have no concrete proof a person is abusing drugs or participating in addictive behaviors, if they insist they are clean or if they pass a drug test, consider that addiction may not be the cause of their sudden changes. Other physical and mental illnesses have been mistaken for addiction, just as addiction has been mistaken for other illnesses. Additionally some issues can co-occur. It is not unusual for an Atlanta resident struggling with addiction to also experience mental health issues such as the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

It is important to look for multiple causes of any unusual behavior. Rehab professionals can perform an assessment that searches for addiction issues, physical illness and mental health concerns through physical and psychological examinations. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or addictive behaviors, reach out to a recovery helpline. Caring rehab professionals will walk you through the options available to Atlanta residents.

Addictive Behavior Help for Atlanta Residents

If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, please contact us as soon as possible. Call our toll-free helpline for more information about drug abuse and how to treat addiction. We are here 24 hours a day. If you want to learn more or are ready to end addiction or addictive behaviors, call now.