Recognizing Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Addiction to street drugs like heroin and methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and even alcohol are at or near epidemic levels, according to statistics referenced by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one in Riverside, CA, may be dealing with an addiction, consider the following signs of drug and alcohol addiction:

Making Excuses

“I can stop anytime.” “I only drink or use when I’m stressed.” These are some of the common excuses addicts use to justify their use, often when family members or friends start to express concern.

Increasing Dependence

Alcohol and drug abuse is linked to both emotional and physical dependence. While you may turn to drugs and/or alcohol in times of stress, chemical changes in the brain deepen the addiction. Signs of emotional and physical dependence can include:


  • Headaches, nausea or profuse sweating (when not using/drinking)
  • Feeling unable to function without a high/buzz
  • An increasing inability to set limits (going from only having a drink after work to “needing” a drink before work and at lunchtime)


Underlying Conditions

Addiction is often fueled by underlying conditions like depression. Successful recovery includes treatment of both the addiction and the underlying issues that may have spurred drug or alcohol abuse in the first place.

While teens are especially susceptible to addiction because of their stage of brain development, anyone can develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol over time. The key to successful recovery in Riverside, CA is early detection and treatment.


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