Addiction is often a response to stress.
Stress often triggers negative behaviors like smoking, drinking, overeating, shopping, and gambling. When a person develops or continues a negative habit in response to a stressful situation, it is harmful to the individual and often the individual’s family.
Though these coping strategies seem to provide short-term relief for a person, they can cause long-term damage in a person’s life -- often spiraling out of control into addictive behaviors.
Could it be addiction? Recognize the signs.
- Changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain
- Smell of substance on breath, body, or clothes
- Shaking, sweating, tremors
- Needle marks or bruises on lower arm, legs, or bottom of feet
- Increased incidents of injury or accident
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Extreme hyperactivity or lethargy
- Changes in attitude or personality: defensiveness, temper tantrums, resentful behavior, unexplained moodiness, irritability, paranoia, or nervousness
- Changes in activities or friends
- Drop in school or work performance
- Loss of interest in family and family activities
- Difficulty paying attention; forgetfulness
- Lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, discipline
- Violent bizarre behavior or unexplained silliness or giddiness
- Excessive need for privacy; secretive or suspicious behavior
- Chronic dishonesty; trouble with police
- Unexplained need for money