An addiction is something that has far-reaching impacts on life: physical, mental, social, emotional, and professional. The physical signs of addiction are important to look out for. As an observer, you may be able to spot signs that signal addiction:
1. Changes in energy levels or excessive sleepiness
One of the physical signs of addiction could be a change in the person’s energy levels. They may seem more tired than usual, show less enthusiasm for activities previously enjoyed or may spend more time than usual sleeping. There could be general lack of motivation or lassitude where earlier there may have been enthusiasm.
2. Changes in the way the eyes look
The pupils of the eyes may appear larger or smaller than usual. Or the eyes may seem puffy and have an unusual appearance.
3. Secretive behavior
Addicts very often display secretive behavior: not giving straight answers, being evasive about things and even lying are often thebehavioral traits of an addict.
However, it is important to look for other physical signs of addiction too.
There could be plenty of reasons for secretive behavior other than addiction, and many could be completely innocuous!
4. Mood swings
Great elation or extreme depression and a rapid swing from one to another emotional extreme could also be warning signs to watch out for. The person may seem anxious, excited, sad or happy without seemingly just cause.
5. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
Any unexplained changes in weight; whether it is weight gain or weight loss, or any palpable change in eating habits could be a cause for concern.
6. Poor resistance to infections
If the person seems to catch cold rather easily or takes a really long time to recover from the sniffles, develops a persistent cough, these could also be physical signs of addiction in some cases.
7. Problems at school or work
Dropping grades at school or problems at work could also be warning signs not only of an addiction but also that the addiction has started to impact important areas of life.
8. Neglect of physical appearance
That “I don’t care” attitude to life could be another one of the distressing physical signs of addiction. The person may no longer seem too bothered about personal grooming or even hygiene and may make less of an effort to look good for themselves or for others.
If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from addiction, you do have some options. For example, those who are addicted to heroin can go through with methadone treatment.
A good example of methadone treatment effectiveness is the fact that outpatient treatment has been shown to reduce weekly heroin usage by 69 percent. In addition, full-time employment increases by 24 percent and criminal activity decreases by 52 percent among heroin addicts who recover with the help of methadone.
Unfortunately, only about 20 percent of heroin addicts are currently receiving treatment, so it is up to friends and family members to get them the help that they need to survive.