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What Are The Symptoms and Signs of Drug Addictions.

Depending on the drug of choice or process addiction, signs and symptoms will vary. A clear indicator of substance abuse is the disruption to ‘normal’ functioning and the deterioration of important aspects of life such as relationships, career, finances and health.

High-functioning alcoholics are able to mask their symptoms for an extended period of time until the effects of their alcohol abuse become apparent. Certain mental health conditions such as depression can also take the form of “masked” depression where it is very difficult to see that the person is suffering because they are able to maintain an act.

When it comes to substance-use however, once the disorder has progressed, there are several tell-tale signs and symptoms such as:


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Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their lasting sobriety and meaningful personal growth. Many people think that substances are the core of the addiction problem. However, substances are very often a temporary solution or coping mechanism used by the person to cope with deeper issues that exist in their emotional wellbeing. These emotional layers form over time and may need to be addressed through more focused talk therapy or addiction counselling.