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Signs of Addiction

The following traits can be warning signs of addiction:

  • Obvious changes in friends, appearance, hygiene
  • Confused, apathetic, disoriented behavior
  • Problems in school or at work, with the law or neighbors, poor attitude toward authority
  • Lack of participation as a family member in activities or household tasks
  • Preoccupation
  • Unexplained need for money
  • Erratic moods (easily angered, moody, uncooperative, sensitive)
  • Dishonest, secretive
  • Defensive, elusive, or withdrawn
  • No longer involved in activities, sports, or hobbies
  • Tardy to work or school, increased absences
  • Smell of alcohol or marijuana on breath or clothing
  • Compulsive behavior (computer, gambling)

Source: Unity Health System



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