It seems like drug addiction is easy to identify, especially when it’s happening to you or someone you love. However, this is not always the case. It can be very difficult for some people to realize they have a problem, which can lead to trouble with the law, interpersonal issues, and problems with employment. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one is suffering from drug addiction, WebMD recommends looking for the following signs. 

Many people with substance abuse issues attempt to impose limitations on themselves in order to cut back on their use. You might tell yourself that you’ll only use a so much of a drug or that you’ll only use it on certain occasions. When people with addiction problems impose limits, they often find themselves failing time and again. They might also find themselves spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about their drug of choice. 

Your physical appearance can also change when you’re addicted to drugs. Weight loss and gain are common, as are tremors, eye redness, and bad breath. Your friends and family may comment negatively on your appearance, which can lead to arguments. Despite the problems that your substance abuse causes, you will still seek out the drug and consume it whenever possible. Problems with law enforcement may also arise, and these will not be enough to deter you from drug use. When you run out of the drug, you might also look for ways to get it that involve stealing. Some addicts will steal drugs from the homes of their loved ones, or steal money to be able to buy the drug. 

The reason you’re so concerned about accessing your drug of choice is because of the withdrawal effects that occur after extended drug use. This includes things like nausea, headaches, sweating, shaking, depression, fatigue, and even seizures. If you’re experiencing withdrawal effects, it’s time to seek out professional assistance in the form of medically-monitored detox and drug rehabilitation.