How does one recognize drug and alcohol abuse? When does something done for "fun" or "stress relief" become a habit? Drug and alcohol use can start off innocent and spiral out of control or for others it can quickly become a habit.
The symptoms of drug or alcohol are detectable and being aware of what they are can help addicts start to repair their lives. The symptoms of addiction are pretty similar, regardless of what substance is being abused. The substances can be alcohol, opiate-based painkillers, sleeping pills (benzodiazepine), cocaine, meth, or heroin, these signs apply to licit and illicit drugs.
Behavioral signs along with attitude and appearance can help family members or friends identify if a loved one is involved in drug or alcohol addiction. When asking about suspicious or unexplained behavior, a drug or alcohol abuser will deny drug or alcohol addiction and place the blame on something for these changes.
The cost of continually denying drug or alcohol abuse is not as high as acknowledging the serious reality of the situation.