Gwen A. Mundorf, MSW, LCSW - Creative Counseling, 3270 Suntree Blvd., Ste. 207, Melbourne, FL
Signs of Addiction
 Symptoms can only be experienced by the person with the addiction, but signs can be observed by others. You can never know what someone else is experiencing unless they tell you, so if you are concerned that someone else may have an addiction, look for signs as well as for symptoms. You might see some signs in an addicted person but not others. These are signs which occur across many addictions:
  • Extreme mood changes – happy, sad, excited or anxious
  • Sleeping a lot more or less than usual, at different times of day or night
  • Changes in energy  levels – unexpectedly and extremely tired or energetic
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Unexpected and persistent coughs or sniffles
  • Isolating behavior
  • Pupils of the eyes seeming smaller or larger than usual
  • Secretiveness
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Financially unpredictable, perhaps having large amounts of cash at times.         
  • New and unusual friends, odd cell-phone conversations
  • Repeated unexplained outings, often with a sense of urgency
  • Drug paraphernalia such as unusual pipes, cigarette papers, small weighing scales, etc
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