Addiction is often a response to stress.

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.

Physical 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

Behavioral Signs

  • 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
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