While every drug will have it’s own different physical effects, the symptoms of addiction are similar for most individuals. Unfortunately, many people do not recognize their own drug abuse or addiction, or they have a tendency to rationalize and hide their symptoms. If you are using drugs and/or alcohol and suspect you may have a problem, consider the following warning signs. Whether they appear individually or combined, they often indicate a problem. Common Warning Signs A Tolerance Has Been Established Meaning you require a larger quantity of the drugs and/or alcohol to achieve the effects you would normally experience with a lesser amount. Loss of Control Despite your best intentions, you cannot stop taking drugs and or alcohol, or you cannot remain within the boundaries you set for yourself. An example of this may be promising yourself you will only go out for one drink, but instead you consume several and become highly intoxicated. Preoccupation With Drugs and/or Alcohol Comparative to a complete obsession, you find yourself regularly thinking about drugs: how you can get them, how much you will get and when you can use again. Using to Avoid Withdrawal When common withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, cravings, nausea, headaches and insomnia appear, you find yourself taking more substances to help relieve the symptoms. Loss of Interest You find you’re not interested in the same people or hobbies you once found enjoyable. You may become isolated, or begin associating only with individuals you feel support your position. Others Express Concern Despite trying to convince them otherwise, friends and family begin suggesting or commenting on the possibility that you have a drug and/or alcohol problem. Continued Use Despite Consequences Even though you recognize your substance use is harmful to you physically, socially or both; you continue to use. This includes making poor decisions while under the influence including fighting or driving while intoxicated. Whether these warning signs indicate you or maybe a friend or family member has a problem, it’s time to do something about it. Drug abuse and addition can be treated, and the process tends to be easier and more successful when started early. Most often, drug and/or alcohol detox is the first key step in this process. If you or someone you care about has questions about addiction and beginning the detoxification process, contact us at Gallus Detox today.