Substance Abuse Disorder Symptoms

Substance Abuse Disorder Symptoms: Signs That an Addiction is Present

In 2014, there were roughly 20.2 million people over the age of 18 in the United States that suffered from substance use disorder. However, out of this group, only roughly 7.5 percent got help for their condition. A part of the reason for such low treatment numbers is due to addicts and those around them not realizing that there is a problem in the first place. The secretive behavior of the addict can make it difficult to realize the substance abuse disorder symptoms

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In this article, we will explore drug addiction symptoms so that you know when you or someone near and dear to you might have a problem that needs to be addressed.

Classic Substance Abuse Disorder Symptoms

While some people might be able to take a drug or drink alcohol and not become addicted, others can become addicted in a relatively short time. Their addiction can become the prevailing force in their life to the detriment of everything they once held dear.

Some of the classic substance abuse disorder symptoms and signs include the following:

  • Withdrawal symptoms associated with the particular drug set in within hours of the last dose.
  • There may be attempts to stop or slow down alcohol or drug consumption, but they fail.
  • There is a great deal of time spent of getting a hold of the substance and also dealing with the aftereffects or hangover.
  • The substance is taken at risky times, such as before swimming, driving or resulting in unsafe sex.
  • Stealing and other things that the person wouldn’t normally do become normal behavior.
  • Regardless of the apparent psychological and physical harm that the substance abuse has, the person carries on using.
  • Inability to deal with responsibilities, such as missing work, due to substance abuse.
  • Recreational activities that were once enjoyed are being neglected.
  • Spending too much money on drugs or alcohol, even when the person can’t really afford it.
  • Great effort is put into making sure that the supply of drugs or alcohol doesn’t run out.
  • When the person uses, they frequently end up using more than they planned to or for a longer period than they wanted to.
  • Through repeated use, the person has developed a tolerance.
  • Drug and alcohol cravings or urges are present resulting in the perceived need to have the substance daily.

Generally speaking, if two or more of these substance abuse disorder symptoms are there within the last 12 months, then the person should consider getting help.

Opioid Addiction Symptoms

The opioid epidemic has reached the level of a public health emergency; it claims over 100 lives every day according to CDC statistics. It is a problem that is affecting every state, and people from all demographics. It is more important now than ever before to be aware of the opioid addiction symptoms because accidental addiction is a real concern when it comes to opioids.

Opioids are all of the narcotics that are sold via prescription, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, and illicit types such as heroin. The common opioid drug addiction symptoms and signs of current use are as follows:

  • Slurred speech
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Diminished pain sensation
  • Memory problems and difficulty maintaining focus
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Needle or track marks for intravenous users
  • Constipation and other abdominal pain
  • Coordination problems
  • Sores on the nose and a constantly runny nose for those who snort the drug
  • Respiratory depression

These signs may be the only thing you see before a person becomes a statistic in the opioid crisis. Get help today by reaching out to WhiteSands where therapists and addiction specialist are standing by to help. Call them at (877) 855-3470.






If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.