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Drug Addiction Symptoms

Addiction to drugs, both prescription and from the street, is a rising issue in many countries including the UK.

If you believe that yourself or a loved one are suffering from cocaine addiction, heroin addiction, prescription addiction or some other drug addiction there are some common signs to look for.

Help Me Stop Symptoms Of Drug Addiction

  • Severe mood swings
  • Neglecting hygiene or grooming
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Isolation
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyable hobbies
  • Dilated pupils

Other symptoms of drug addiction include:

  • Continuing to take medication after it is no longer needed for a health problem
  • Increased tolerance
  • Feeling strange or poorly when not using drugs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling tired
  • The inability to stop using even when you want to
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about drugs
  • Struggling to do normal daily activities

A clear indicator of potential drug addiction is a sudden or sustained change in a person’s behaviour. Despite the range of drugs and their effects being extensive, drug addiction usually alters a person’s habits, mood and behaviour significantly. This is, in part, because many substances alter the ability of a person to think clearly and effectively.

In severe cases, drug addiction can lead to more dangerous symptoms like criminal activity. In many cases, but not all, drug addiction leads a person to commit crime and theft in order to finance their addiction. If you see a shift towards this behaviour in yourself or others, it may be a sign that the severe need for more drugs is leading the individual in question to crime.

Drug abuse can also make someone more aggressive. Drug addiction brings with it significant pain in a person’s life. Whether from the frustration of not being able to source more drugs right now, or irritation and anger relating to the effects of the substance, a person who shows a sudden shift in their usual demeanour may be struggling with addiction.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to seek help. Drug addiction is a very dangerous disease and the longer it is left untreated the worse it can get.


For those unfamiliar with substance abuse, or even those experiencing it for the first time, it can be difficult to see the signs that lead to or indicate addiction. One particularly problematic symptom of drug addiction is denial. It is difficult for an addict to see or admit that they have a problem. Speaking to one of our trained experts can help you better understand the issue.

If you believe you or someone close to you may be experiencing symptoms of drug addiction, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Help Me Stop is here to offer support, guidance and rehabilitation. Contact us today for information or immediate assistance.