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Drug Addiction Symptoms

drug addiction symptoms

The physical and psychological drug addiction symptoms can be overwhelming.

Drug addiction is a dangerous and often deadly disease that has various symptoms that are both easy, and not so easy, to recognize.  Most of the time drug addiction symptoms can be categorized into one of two types: physical symptoms of drug addiction or psychological symptoms of drug addiction.  Physical symptoms of drug addiction affect the physical appearance, structure or health of an addict while psychological symptoms of drug addiction have adverse effects on the psyche of the patient.

Physical Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Physically there are many different symptoms of drug addiction.  Some are present with nearly every type of drug addiction while other symptoms may only be common with a particular type of addiction such as addiction to cocaine or methamphetamine.  The physical symptoms of addiction affect the patient in a number of ways and can result in additional trips to the doctor or emergency room, days missed at work or school or uncharacterized illness.  Below is a look at some of the most common physical symptoms of drug addiction:

  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Contracted pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Hyperactivity
  • Watery eyes
  • Impaired vision
  • Secretions from the nose
  • Needle marks
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • Respiratory infections
  • Twitching

Psychological Symptoms of Drug Addiction

Psychologically drugs have various adverse effects on the way the patient thinks and acts.  Drug addiction can cause a patient to be “off balance” psychologically or emotionally.  For some, underlying psychological conditions become more prevalent with the use of drugs or alcohol.  Some of the most common psychological symptoms of drug abuse or addiction include:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor judgement
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irrational behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Aggression
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion